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Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Narcotics detective Damacio Diaz of the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) [official website] in California was arrested [press release] on Friday on charges [indictment, PDF] of bribery, drug trafficking, obstruction and filing false tax returns. The 16-count indictment, announced by US Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner [official profile] in charge of … [read more]

Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] a lawsuit [materials] filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and other human rights organizations challenging surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website]. … [read more]

13 Jun 2015
by Megan Miller

Following a debate in Congress over the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act, three sections were allowed to expire on June 1, 2015. Earlier, the House of Representative had passed the USA Freedom Act. Despite this Sunday night session of Congress in which some members attempted to extend sections of … [read more]

10 Jun 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The USA PATRIOT Act [PDF] was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act itself approved without amendment and little opposition in the House and Senate, included a provision for a counter-terrorism fund, fortified and amended existing government surveillance activities, altered the process for prosecuting … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Key provisions of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF ] expired Monday after a late Senate Vote failed to establish an extension. The provisions that expired were in Section 215 of the act and included: the "Bulk Data Collection" provision, which allowed the government to collect data, the "Lone … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes raises concerns [press … [read more]

Professional Commentary
29 Jan 2015
by Jacob Huebert of Liberty Justice Center
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and … [read more]

Legal News
26 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Facebook failed in its attempt to dismiss [order, PDF] a lawsuit that claims it scans users' private messages for the names of websites and adds "likes" for the users to each website for targeted advertising purposes. The original lawsuit [complaint] was filed in December 2013 in the US District … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Tamara Fisher and Jacquelyn Rembis of Loyola Law School
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnists Tamara Fisher and Jacquelyn Rembis, both students at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, discuss issues surrounding inadvertently recorded background conversations and the wide disparity of judicial opinions over their admissibility ...Wiretaps are an incredibly powerful tool for prosecutors. They allow law enforcement to listen to confidential conversations … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A Hong Kong court has ruled [judgment, PDF] that Chinese businessman Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Shing [official profile], chairman of the Emperor Group conglomerate [corporate website], may continue his defamation suit against Google over the autocomplete function of the company's search engine which suggests links connecting Yeung to organized … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) [official website] issued a report [report, PDF] Wednesday endorsing the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] surveillance program [JURIST backgrounder] before a final meeting [press release] to discuss and vote on the release of the report. The report contained the results … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday dismissed two securities fraud counts against Rengan Rajaratnam, the brother Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive], the founder of the now defunct Galleon Group [JURIST news archive]. US District Judge Naomi Reice … [read more]

Academic Commentary
30 Jun 2014
by Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School
edited by Brent Nesbitt

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School comments on the statement made by Donald Sterling and how the public outcry should give us pause to consider the underlying issues ... Unless you've been completely avoiding TV, the Internet, newspapers, magazines and likely your family members … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Apr 2014

JURIST Guest Columnists Daniel B. Levin and Victoria A. Degtyareva of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP discuss the federal bank fraud statute and Loughrin v. United States... Kevin Loughrin and an accomplice used six stolen and altered checks to steal just over $1,000 from a local Target store. They stole … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the insider trading conviction of former Goldman Sachs [corporate website] director Rajat Gupta. Judge Amalya Kearse rejected Gupta's claim that wiretap evidence should not have been admitted against him. Gupta was convicted of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Mar 2014
by Ramzi Kassem of CUNY School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 before a federal judge in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court [official website, in Chinese] on Friday sentenced Taiwanese Prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming to 14 months in prison for passing confidential information to the country's president regarding investigations into corruption charges. The investigation referred to allegations of "influence-peddling" in the country, and the evidence against Huang was … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Koh [official website] of the US District Court for the Northern District of California decided on Tuesday not to combine several lawsuits against Google [corporate website] for violating the privacy rights of its Gmail users into a single class action suit. The plaintiffs allege [Reuters report] that … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Italy's Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office for the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his conviction for tax fraud. Prior to the high court's confirmation, Berlusconi had hoped to run for European Parliament … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US government on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint] against Sprint Communications, Inc., [corporate website] alleging the company overcharged them for telephone wiretapping services. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], asserted that Sprint knowingly submitted false "reimbursement of expenses" … [read more]

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