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Latest Warrant Decision by SCOTUS Ignores Reality

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their searches after learning that the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority in the 5-to-3 decision, said such searches do not violate the Fourth Amendment […]

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Supreme Court Ducks Main Issue in Internet Threat Case

The Supreme Court yesterday issued a long awaited decision in Elonis v. United States that failed to address the core issues presented by the case involving harsh language posted on the Internet. Under a 1939 federal criminal statute prohibiting the communication of threats, Anthony Elonis was charged with threatening his wife; a kindergarten class; and […]

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Spidey’s Web Tests Limits of Court Precedents

The Associated Press reported last week that The Supreme Court said it would use a patent case about a Spider-Man gadget to consider overruling a 50-year-old precedent that bars the collection of royalties on patents after they expire. The Court agreed to review an appeal by Stephen Kimble, the inventor of a web-shooting toy that […]