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Government Says FBI Exempt From Privacy Protection Law

The Florida socialite whose FBI complaint led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus is suing the government for allegedly leaking her private emails to the press and tarnishing her reputation. But the Department of Justice is demanding that the suit be tossed on a technicality. Until late last year, Jill Kelley was a fixture of Tampa society who regularly hosted parties attended by military leaders from U.S. Central Command. Kelley’s attorneys say she was just doing the right thing …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Secret Court Defends NSA Data Collection

In an opinion made public on Sept. 17, a judge for the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that a program under which the federal government collects phone data in a massive database is legal.   Some Opinions Released The FISC is a specially created federal court that oversees the National Security Agency’s foreign intelligence program, including its requests for warrants and other surveillance efforts within the United States. Its judges include federal district judges from around the country, as …

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Stealing Microsoft Activation Codes Lands Man in Prison

A federal appellate court on May 28 upheld a sentence of over a year in prison, years more of supervised release and a $28,300 fine for a California man convicted of selling activation codes for Microsoft software.   Unbundled and Illegal  The FBI believed Adonis Gladney was selling counterfeit Microsoft Windows and SQL server software out of his Los Angeles home office, according to an order issued in 2009 by the federal trial court that heard his case. The FBI …

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After Confession, Bomber Case Goes to US Grand Jury

Now that the teenaged Boston bombing suspect has confessed, according to news reports, the case against Dzhokar Tsarnaev moves to a federal grand jury. Tsarnaev told investigators he and his brother committed the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 250 because they were upset about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was questioned in a Boston hospital, where he is is in fair condition with gunshot wounds in the neck, head, legs and hands. …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Miranda Public Safety Exception Tested by Boston Bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was formally charged on Apr. 22 at his hospital bedside with federal terrorist crimes.  As soon as he was captured on Apr. 19, legal experts began debating how his questioning should be handled, bringing up the “public safety” exception to the rule that police must warn suspects of their rights to remain silent and hire a lawyer.   Talking with the Suspect Tsarnaev has been charged with two crimes: using …

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