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13 Jun 2015

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

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
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

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
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]

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

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]

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

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
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
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]

Academic Commentary
12 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin of the Lewis & Clark Law School argues that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's report on the NSA's telephone records program is likely best directed toward statutory changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act rather than influencing decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, says that, even after implementing the changes proposed by President Barack Obama, the NSA's surveillance program is still constitutionally problematic...Freedom is the great deity of the west, the goddess central to American identity; the … [read more]

Legal News
18 Oct 2013
by Neil Devlin

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) [government backgrounder] lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to compel the federal government to disclose its policy for notifying criminal defendants that they … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Stephanie Rainaud, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of the fourth article in a 10-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Rainaud exposes the controversy associated with license plate readers...While driving your car, you … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] FBI [official website] powers have expanded rapidly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder], according to a report [text, PDF] released [press release] Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], which called on the Obama administration and Congress to rein in the agency. The … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] US authorities have engaged in the torture of detainees, and the nation's "highest officials" bear some of the responsibility, according to a report [text, PDF] released on Tuesday by the Constitution Project [advocacy website], a bi-partisan legal advocacy and watchdog group. The Task Force on Detainee Treatment [advocacy website] … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the "first sale" doctrine [17 USC § 109(a)] applies to imported works. When Supap Kirtsaeng came to study at Cornell University, he realized that the same textbooks … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Clapper v. Amnesty International [JURIST report] that a coalition of attorneys, journalists and rights organizations do not have Article III [Cornell LII backgrounder] standing to contest Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [50 USC … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed the Reauthorization Act of 2012 [text, pdf] on Friday in a 73-23 vote to extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (FISA) [text, pdf] for five years. FISA grants the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] the authority to conduct surveillance … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Clapper v. Amnesty International [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments to determine whether advocacy organizations which represent or work with terrorist suspects, such as Amnesty International (AI) and the American … [read more]

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