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No Warrantless Blood Tests in DUI Stops, Says Supreme Court

Suspicion of driving under the influence is not grounds in and of itself for police to draw blood from a suspect without first acquiring a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled today. In Missouri v. McNeely, the Court upheld a Missouri State Supreme Court ruling that police could only take a blood test without a warrant in an emergency or under exigent circumstances. A person’s blood alcohol content naturally dropping over time does not count. “The question presented here is whether the …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime by Michele Bowman  
Amish Hair-Crime Ringleader to Remain Jailed During Appeal

A federal judge on Apr. 9 rejected the plea of Amish leader Samuel Mullet Sr. to leave prison while he appeals his hate crime conviction for leading a group of angry Amish in hair-shearing attacks in 2011 on others in their group whom they viewed as insufficiently devout.   Still a Danger  The judge ruled that Mullet is a danger to his community, reportedly saying that his authority over his followers poses a threat that they would commit crimes again …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Do Police Need a Warrant to Track Your Cell Phone?

Can police track your location via your cell phone without so much as obtaining a warrant? The answer, for now, is maybe. At issue is the practice of pinging a phone through the service carrier to create a real-time GPS or triangulation data point that law enforcement can use to figure out the phone’s location. A ruling issued in March by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the judges would “assume without deciding that pinging is a search.” …

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Newsbreak: “Too Bad” if Trapped with Comcast [Video]

  A conservative group is suing a school near San Diego, Calif., to end a yoga program. The National Center for Law and Policy claims yoga is a religious activity and under the Constitution’s “separation between church and state” has no place in the Encinitas Unified School District.  A group of parents and the Center assert yoga is a practice of Hinduism and other religions. The Center is a non-profit Christian organization. Its website provides a stated mission of protection …

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Posted 2 years ago in gun rights by Michele Bowman  
Felons Can Carry Guns Under La. Constitutional Amendment

After voters in Louisiana overwhelmingly approved an amendment to their state constitution making gun ownership a “fundamental right,” the case of a convicted felon who says he should be able to have a gun is headed for the state Supreme Court to test how expansive that right is.   Felons Have Rights, Too  A state judge on Mar. 21 reportedly ruled in favor of Glen Draughter, a convicted felon caught in a car with guns in violation of a state …

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