It's a lower-level decision but it still means something. Well, a couple of somethings. First off, it appears Connecticut law enforcement probably shouldn't continue seeking "live" cell site location information without a warrant. It also appears the law enforcement agency involved doesn't have access to a cell site simulator (Stingray, etc.).
Police must not pretend to "help" motorists in order to write a ticket or make an arrest, the state Court of Appeals said Friday. A three-judge panel used the case of Carlos Eduardo Martinez Morales to send a message to law enforcement by affirming a lower court judge's decision to set Morales free.
It was around 2:30 in the morning on November 22, 2014 when Reno County Sheriff's Department Deputy Travis Vogt spotted Morales parked on the side of K-96 highway. The lawman's suspici... (more)
Lansing, MI — After returning from Iraq, Dakota Serna found himself battling PTSD and taking prescription pills for roughly three years after leaving the service. Due to a botched hernia operation, doctors began prescribing painkillers along with his antidepressants, leading to ulcers in his stomach and intestines.
With the prescription pills taking their toll on his body and mind, Serna abandoned the FDA-approved medications after a friend shared a joint with him. No longer suffe... (more)
Shortly after the San Bernardino shooting, the New York Times made a big deal out of posting an editorial on the front page for the first time in nearly a hundred years. The article was a scathing condemnation of our nation's gun laws, as well as America's gun culture. However, their impassioned plea for more gun legislation hasn't had its... (more)
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took to social media Wednesday to note that one armed citizen in Garland, Texas, was able to accomplish what the surveillance state hasn't – prevent a terror attack.Speaking to the FBI's latest attempt to undermine encryption protocols, Snowden stated that the $53 billion surveillance budget was not what stopped the terror attack.
WOODLAND, Wash. — Officials in Cowlitz County say a southern Washington man managed to keep a pair of suspected burglars at bay until the cops showed up. Now, the local sheriff's office is applauding his efforts.
Hawaii motorists may no longer be threatened with imprisonment if they refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test. The state Supreme Court ruled last week that it was improper for police to threaten drivers with a criminal conviction if they exercised their right under the law to decline a breath test when accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
The court came to this conclusion after considering the April 20, 2011 stop of Yong Shik Won. Won had allegedly been drivin... (more)
Despite intelligence agencies claiming they need more powers to spy on everyone in the wake of the Paris attacks, Glenn Greenwald pointed out on France 24 that these intelligence agencies have received tens of billions of dollars and "only have one job": to prevent terrorist attacks, yet they failed miserably.
Beginning in 2012, four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana. By this time next year, that number could well double, and then some. National polls now consistently show majorities in favor legalization, with a recent Gallup poll having 58% support—tied for the highest level in the poll's history.
That doesn't mean legalization is inevitable in any given state, as the case of Ohio earlier this month demonstrated. There, an initiative led by non-movem... (more)