Supreme Court to Debate Warrantless Collection Of Cellphone Records in Huge Fourth Amendment Battle

Supreme Court to Debate Warrantless Collection Of Cellphone Records in Huge Fourth Amendment Battle:

In one of the most important Fourth Amendment battles of the digital age, the Supreme Court is preparing to tackle a case involving law enforcement accessing cellphone records without a warrant.

On Wednesday the US Supreme Court is scheduled to address the case of Carpenter v. United States to determine whether or not law enforcement should be required to obtain a warrant before accessing the cellphone records of an individual. The case deals with a set of armed robberies that took place between December 2010 and March 2011. Several men worked together to rob RadioShack and T-Mobile stores in the Michigan and Ohio areas, stealing cell phones and holding store employees and customers hostage in the process.

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US Seize Kim Dotcom’s Assets, Despite Him Never Stepping Foot in the US

US Seize Dotcom’s Assets, Despite Him Never Stepping Foot in the US:

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has effectively abandoned all hope of retrieving millions of dollars of capital,  real estate and luxury goods after the US Justice Department formally filed an asset-forfeiture with the Supreme Court on Friday.

The case is unprecedented as Dotcom has never once stepped-foot on US soil. The US claim jurisdiction over Dotcom because his site Megaupload operated some servers from the US.

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Senate Republicans Trigger Nuclear Option, “Crushing Democratic Blockade” Of Gorsuch

Senate Republicans Trigger Nuclear Option, “Crushing Democratic Blockade” Of Gorsuch:

The Senate has voted 52-48 to repeal a rule allowing filibusters against Supreme Court nominees, the so-called “nuclear options”, clearing the way for Gorsuch confirmation.

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With Latest Angry Tweet, Trumps Sets Off On “Collision Course” With Supreme Court

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With Latest Angry Tweet, Trumps Sets Off On “Collision Course” With Supreme Court:

With Trump’s first angry tweet of the day, it is becoming very clear that the president’s diplomatic approach vis-a-vis the judicial system can be described quite simply as “scorched earth.” Following last night’s Appeals Court hearing, Trump had the following response: “If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!”

This, as The Hill puts it this morning, assures that Trump and the Supreme Court are now on a collision course: “the collision appears inevitable, with Trump’s executive order halting travel to the United States by people from seven majority-Muslim countries — a ban a federal judge blocked last week — already moving quickly through the judicial system.”

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Meet America’s Newest Supreme Court Justice: Judge Neil Gorsuch

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Meet America’s Newest Supreme Court Justice: Judge Neil Gorsuch:

Confirming a choice that many had already pegged as a front-runner to fill Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat, President Trump just officially announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.  With that, let the Senate confirmation theatrics commence!

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Leaked Emails Reveals Clinton Campaign Plotted Supreme Court Threat Over Obamacare

Leaked Emails Reveals Clinton Campaign Plotted Supreme Court Threat Over Obamacare:

Remember back in 2012 when the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the Obamacare mandate with a 5-4 decision but only after Judge Roberts, a Bush appointee, seemingly parted with his conservative counterparts on the bench to effectively, single-handedly preserve perhaps the most destructive piece of legislation in American history (if not, we wrote about it here)?  Many people were shocked by Judge Roberts’ decision and subsequently alleged that it was driven more by politics than his interpretation of the Constitution.

Turns out those people were proven right today as a new Podesta email confirms that the Obama administration applied political pressure on Roberts to sway his decision:  “it was pretty critical that the President threw the gauntlet down last time on the Court…that was vital to scaring Roberts off.”

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California Supreme Court Decides “Grossly Ineffective” Teachers Should Keep Their Jobs

California Supreme Court Decides “Grossly Ineffective” Teachers Should Keep Their Jobs:

We understand that a teacher’s job is difficult and often thankless.  But so are a lot of jobs.  We also understand that private labor markets are fairly efficient and don’t award workers in the private workforce nearly the same “perks” received by California’s unionized teachers.  So when the State of California denies school administrators the basic rights afforded to every private employer in the State, like the ability to dismiss “grossly ineffective” employees, we have a little difficultly sympathizing with the “victorious” teachers.

Yesterday, California’s teachers won a huge “victory” that we fear will ultimately only serve to undermine the education of their students. California’s Supreme Court struck down a lawsuit filed by 9 public school students against the State of California alleging that overly generous legal protections afforded teachers directly disadvantaged students by keeping teachers in the classroom that had proven themselves to be “grossly ineffective.” The lawsuit alleged such protections violated the State’s constitution as they, by definition, created legal impediments that prevent California’s schools from providing an effective education to all of their students.  The lawsuit focused on three specific teacher protections including the requirement to provide tenure after just 18 months on the job, onerous dismissal statutes that make it nearly impossible for administrators to fire a teacher for bad performance and the LIFO statutes that requires teachers be laid off in accordance with seniority rather than effectiveness.  Per the lawsuit filed in 2012 (presented in its entirety at the end of this post):

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5 Million US Immigrants Fear U.S. Supreme Court Will Overrule President Obama And Call For Mass Deportations

5 Million US Immigrants Fear Supreme Court Will Overrule President Obama:

Millions of undocumented immigrant families fear that America’s highest court will overrule President Obama’s executive order and call for mass deportations.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas, a challenge by the state of Texas and 26 other US states, against President Obama’s executive orders granting deferred action to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

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Obama Chooses Merrick Garland For Supreme Court

Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court:

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick B. Garland as the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appeals court judge for the lifetime appointment and daring Republican senators to refuse consideration of a jurist who is highly regarded throughout Washington.

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