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Can Cops Take Your DNA Without a Warrant?

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether DNA samples can be collected from crime suspects without a warrant. In Maryland v. King, the court is expected to decide whether the policy of 28 states and the federal government to swab DNA from arrestees is a violation of privacy rights, in what Justice Samuel Alito called “the most important criminal procedure case this Court has had in decades.” At issue is whether taking DNA constitutes an invasive search …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Editors Picks Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Doggy Drug Detection Is Reliable, Supreme Court Rules

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled that an alert by a trained drug-sniffing dog constitutes probable cause for a police search under most circumstances. In Florida v. Harris, the court rejected the notion that law enforcement would have to produce a detailed record of a dog’s reliability in order for its detection process to stand up in court, deciding that simple proof of training was enough. “If a bona fide organization has certified a dog after testing …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Government Litigation by Michele Bowman  
Prisoner Wants to Sue Feds for Sexual Assault by Guards

The federal government is safe from most lawsuits under the concept of immunity. But it may not be safe from itself: Its own lawyers decided an indigent prisoner who claims prison guards sexually assaulted him just might be right that he should be allowed to sue the federal government. The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 19 heard oral arguments in Millbrook v. United States, a remarkable case originally brought by Kim Millbrook, a prisoner without a lawyer who reportedly hand-wrote …

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Posted 1 year ago in Consumer Law Litigation by Josh Crank  
Monsanto’s Patent Powers Hinge on Supreme Court Decision

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that will determine if patents on genetically modified seeds also extend to the future generations of seeds that they produce. The justices appeared likely to affirm lower court findings that agriculture patents do protect multiple generations of GMO seeds, according to the Associated Press. The high court is hearing the appeal of Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman, who started buying GMO soy seeds from agriculture giant Monsanto in 1999. Monsanto’s …

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Your Parking Ticket Might Be an Invasion of Privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if it will hear arguments on whether a town’s use of personal identifying information on parking tickets is in violation of federal law. The justices considered the case of Village of Palatine v. Senne in January and are expected to announce soon if they will take it for review. At stake is whether towns can issue parking tickets that include the violator’s name, address and other personal information. The dispute began when Illinois resident …

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