According to newly-declassified court orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the National Security Agency (NSA) was (and may still be) tipping off the FBI at least two to three times per day going back at least to 2006.
As much as we may believe the acquittal is an outrage, and our sense of justice is fundamentally offended by this outcome, it’s time to step back from the emotional reaction and consider the doctrinal consequences of this call for reprosecution.
A straight-A student suffered a ruptured testicle during a patdown by Philadelphia police and was then charged with resisting arrest. Darrin Manning got off the subway on his way to play in a high school basketball game with 12 teammates
One of the great joys of sitting on an appellate bench is that one is never compelled to accept as fact things that were hashed out at enormous length and effort before the trial court. As Appellate Squawk likes to point out, facts are for kids.
There are four general types of checkpoints you might encounter: DUI checkpoints, US border checkpoints, drug checkpoints, and TSA checkpoints.
According to Commissioner Bratton, the problem of stop and frisk is more or less solved. He says, "The number of stops has fallen dramatically and in some instances it has stopped altogether."
Border Patrol agents at southern Arizona checkpoints routinely violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens with illegal searches and other actions despite the agency's mandate that stops be limited to immigration enforcement, a complaint alleg
Leong runs a blog site called Feminist Law Professors and recently discovered the identity of an anonymous commenter who has, according to Leong, left racist and sexist comments. She says that he is a a public defender in his late 40s and she wants h
“What if no one stopped to help you while you were getting bullied?” This expanded take on the Parable of the Good Samaritan posits an affirmative moral duty to intervene to protect an innocent person who is being bullied by an aggressor.
One case in point is French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who likes to target Jews in his popular shows. He has already been hit with fines approaching $100,000 for his jokes and there is no a move to have been prosecuted criminally. For jokes. B
The wanton bloodlust of Republican Congressman Peter King is hard to watch but is nearly matched by the creepiness of Senator Rand Paul's need to cave to his Likud Party masters.
“What was going on with the police officer a few minutes ago?” I asked the young couple to whom I had offered a ride on sunny but severely cold morning. “Well, he said that we looked like juveniles, and he questioned us about being runaways,”
Every day that willfully ignorant political gadflies like Alex Jones, Lou Rockwell, and Charles Goyette burnish the political corpse of Ron Paul they help conflate the message of Ron Paul with the corrupted political DNA of the entire Paul family.
I think it’s important to understand that this is what Jefferson talked about when he talked about tyranny. This is turnkey tyranny, and it’s not that it’s coming, it’s actually here.
An automobile passenger should not have his wallet searched by a police officer simply because he is in a car with a cracked windshield, the Ohio Court of Appeals ruled last month. On January 12, 2008, St. Clair Police Officer Jayson Jackson noticed
Less than a week after he was arrested while video recording cops, 17-year-old Addison Mikkelson had his phone swiped by an overbearing Kansas Highway Patrol officer simply because the teen was video recording a traffic stop the officer was conductin
A new report published by the Libertas Institute, a free market think tank, reveals how a little-known new law greatly weakened legal protections for property owners facing civil forfeiture in Utah. Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture,
Nothing good ever starts with a quote by Michael Chertoff. Ever. The holding was that plaintiffs lacked standing to maintain the action. Often unrecognized by non-lawyers, Article III of the Constitution limits federal court jurisdiction to matters i
A combination of non-suspicious driving characteristics can give rise to the suspicion of criminal activity in the opinion of the full Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals. In a Christmas Eve ruling, the judges weighed whether Border Patrol agents were
Shipping giants FedEx and UPS haven’t said much since it was revealed Sunday that the National Security Agency intercepts electronics packages to install spyware, but what they have said implies they knew what the agency was up to.
City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is establishing a DUI “no refusal zone” inside the city limits of St. Louis. Starting today, drivers may face a blood test without consent if they are suspected of driving under the influence.
A federal judge today upheld a President Barack Obama administration policy allowing authorities along the U.S. border to seize and search laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices for any reason.
If nothing else, watch the section starting at 48:30. Oh, and in case you missed it, the NSA can compromise “air gapped” (as in never connected to the Internet) computers. And don’t miss the part that starts at 55:00.
Touré advised his African-American viewers that in order to avoid the “shop-and-frisk,” they should do their best to make themselves appear “non-threatening” by dressing well, waving to security cameras, speaking articulately, shaking security guards
Rental cops hired by homeowners associations (HOA) can conduct traffic stops that would be unconstitutional if performed by an actual police officer, according to a ruling handed down last week by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Obama moved to prevent a federal judge from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court recent disclosures about NSA spying were not enough to undermine its claim
If the government can tell you what you can and cannot do within the privacy of your home, whether it relates to what you eat, what you smoke or whom you love, you no longer have any rights whatsoever within your home. If the government can
Police in Parker County had been watching Michael Fred Wehrenberg's home for a month when, late in the summer of 2010, they received a tip from a confidential informant that Wehrenberg and several others were "fixing to" cook meth.
A federal lawsuit says U.S. border and customs officials strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital for illegal body cavity probes.
A judge decided Oklahoma City police were in the right when they downloaded information off the mobile phone belonging to Noe Vergara Wuences who was pulled over because the temporary paper license plate on his new car flapped a bit