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Posted 11 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Cops Don’t Need Warrant To Swab DNA, Supreme Court Rules

Swabbing a suspect’s cheek for DNA after arrest is a reasonable procedure to aid in identification, just like fingerprinting, the Supreme Court ruled today. In Maryland v. King, the court decided in a 5-4 opinion that police do not need a warrant to collect DNA from people charged with serious crimes. “The Court must give great weight both to the significant government interest at stake in the identification of arrestees and to the unmatched potential of DNA identification to serve …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court to Decide on Prayer in Public Meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court this week decided to take up a case that could change the rules for when prayer is allowed in public meetings, and even have broader implications for government prayer in general. In Greece v. Galloway, the court will hear arguments next term on whether the Town Board of Greece, N.Y., should be permitted to open its public meetings with a prayer. Two residents filed a lawsuit, arguing that the prayers are in effect an endorsement of …

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Posted 12 months ago in Litigation Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Goliath Beats David as Court Rules for Monsanto Over Farmer

Farmers cannot collect and plant second-generation seeds produced by patented genetically modified crops, regardless of how they obtained the original seeds, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman thought he had found a work-around for agribusiness giant Monsanto’s famously strict control of their Roundup Ready soybean seeds, which are modified to resist herbicides. Normally, a farmer using the GMO product must by law buy a new batch of seeds from Monsanto every year in lieu of saving seeds …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
States Abolishing Death Penalty at Record Pace

The days of putting convicted criminals to death in the United States could be on the wane. Six states have gotten rid of capital punishment in the last six years, while more could be on the way. Most recently, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley last week signed a law abolishing the death penalty in the state, while Delaware’s House of Representatives considered but put aside for now a bill that would do the same after it was passed by the state …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Can Kids Be Sentenced to Life in Prison?

Last year, in an attempt to rein in the harshest punishments for minors convicted of major crimes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not impose mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juvenile defendants. The Court’s rulings in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs have created new challenges in the handling of juvenile sentencing for states across the nation. Missouri’s Supreme Court heard two appeals last week for juveniles who were convicted for life, out of …

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