June 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant to get a person's cell phone location history from the cell phone provider. Police conducting a robbery investigation had obtained four people's cell phone location histories after getting a "D- ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Kaley v. United States that a criminal defendant who has been indicted is not constitutionally entitled to contest a grand jury's finding of probable cause underlying a pre-trial seizure of assets. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled ...[read more]
September 18, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A judge for the Pierce County Superior Court in Washington state ruled Tuesday that local enforcement officers cannot extend detention of individuals to question them about their immigration status. Judge Kathryn Nelson reasoned that local law enforcement officers do not have the authority to ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that probable-cause warrants are not required to access cell phone location information. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed lower court decisions that said the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment. The court ...[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]
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]
February 9, 2012
by Julia Zebley
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Wednesday allowed "secret evidence" to be used against an Iraqi refugee for terrorism charges, finding probable cause that he is "an agent of a foreign power." Mohanad Shareef Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide ...[read more]
October 27, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On October 27, 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) withdrew their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patriot Act after Congress amended the contested provision as part of the law's extension in 2006. The ACLU had argued that Section 215, which allowed federal agents to ...[read more]
September 4, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 4, 2009, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that former attorney general John Ashcroft was not entitled to immunity when he used the federal material witness statute to detain and investigate terrorism suspects without probable cause. In the case at issue, Al-Kidd v. ...[read more]

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