March 27, 2013
by Jerry Votava
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Florida v. Jardines that an alert from a narcotics detection dog on the front porch of suspect's house constitutes a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. The ruling upheld the Florida Supreme Court, which held that evidence gathered pursuant to ...[read more]
February 19, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Florida v. Harris that an alert from a well-trained narcotics detection dog certified to detect illegal contraband is sufficient to establish probable cause for the search of a vehicle. The ruling reversed the Florida Supreme Court, which held that training ...[read more]
October 31, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, says that the Supreme Court must alter its Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and adopt a new test to determine when an impermissible "search" has occurred...Paired for argument with another drug-sniffing ...[read more]
April 23, 2012
by Sean Gallagher
JURIST Guest Columnists E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., Solicitor General of Virginia, and Michael Brady, Assistant Attorney General of Virginia, argue that the Florida Supreme Court erred in its decision on the reliability of narcotics sniffing dogs and urge the US Supreme Court to overturn it...On ...[read more]
March 26, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Florida v. Harris to determine whether an alert by a well-trained narcotics detection dog certified to detect illegal contraband is sufficient to establish probable cause for the search of a vehicle. The Florida Supreme Court held, "the fact that ...[read more]
April 20, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 20, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in United States v. Stevens that a federal law, 18 USC 48, banning depictions of animal cruelty violated the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit had held that the law illegally restricted speech, overturning the conv... ...[read more]
February 5, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Friday upheld the convictions of two soldiers found guilty of offenses committed as guards at Abu Ghraib prison. Army Spc. Sabrina Harman had been convicted of conspiracy, dereliction of duty and maltreatment of prisoners dating back to November ...[read more]
January 25, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On January 25, 1981- Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, was sentenced to death by a special court in China. The charges stemmed primarily from Jiang's role in the Cultural Revolution. Saying "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite," Qing unsuccessfully argued that she was ...[read more]
September 4, 2008
by Leslie Schulman
Canadian-based Teck Cominco Ltd. asked US District Court Judge John Sedwick Wednesday to approve a $120M settlement agreement with six Eskimo plaintiffs from the Alaskan village of Kivalino. The agreement stems from a 2002 lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the District of Alaska by ...[read more]
August 29, 2007
by Leslie Schulman
Russian prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a Russian officer accused of fatally beating a conscript. Cpl. Vadim Kalinin was charged with inflicting deliberate bodily harm resulting in death on Russian conscript Pvt. Sergei Sinkonen after Sinkonen's death Monday from injuries... ...[read more]

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