What does U.S. v. Jones mean for future electronic surveillance cases?

Jan 24, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court decided yesterday that the government’s placing a GPS tracking device on a person’s car without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment. What does this mean for future surveillance cases?

Trick or treat or…conviction?

Oct 28, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Holidays typically find people engaged in “interesting” activities, and Halloween is no exception. Check out these criminal cases involving Halloween!

Cyberlaw: Real-time cell tracking data and the Fourth Amendment

Sep 19, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

A federal judge ruled that the government couldn’t obtain real-time cell-phone tracking data on an individual without a warrant. What tracking data can it get?

Facebook and the Stored Communications Act: What’s protected? (part 2)

Sep 13, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

The SCA was enacted in 1986 and never anticipated the prevalence of social media. The protections it provides against state intrusions seem wholly inadequate.

Ruling requires warrant to obtain cellular location records

Aug 31, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

A federal judge ruled last week that a warrant is needed to get cellular data logging the caller’s location over a 113-day period. What does this mean for the future?

As criminal law grows, so does the West Key Number System

Aug 17, 2011 By: Jay Shuck

Criminal law has seen many changes in the last few years, and Westlaw works to keep up with them

Small Law Firms: Marcellus Shale Legal Trends

Aug 4, 2011 By: Lise Freking

Thinking of taking a summer or fall vacation to Pennsylvania this year?  You might need to bring your camping gear instead of

Hot Docs: Appeals court upholds conviction for piercing cats

Jun 23, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Last week, a Pennsylvania appeals court upheld the animal cruelty conviction of a woman who gave cats ear and body piercings in an attempt to make them “gothic”.

Immigration Litigation: Alabama’s stringent new law

Jun 15, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Alabama just passed a new anti-illegal immigration law that is notably more strict than all other state initiatives on the issue so far.

Today in 1963: Brady v. Maryland is decided

May 13, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 13, 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors must release evidence favorable to the defendant upon request.

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