If the police suspect you of a crime, is that enough to justify a warrant to search your home for whatever cellphones and electronic devices you may own? No, it's not, according to a recent federal appeals court decision. If they could, that would open the homes of all suspects to extensive searches, which would be unconstitutional.
A man who was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense in 1997 has sued the United States Attorney General to get his right to carry a firearm restored. At issue is a federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9), which permanently bans the ownership of firearms or ammunition by anyone "who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence."
The Trump Administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to extend the reach of the 1986 Stored Communications Act and allow the collection of emails that are stored outside the U.S. in foreign server farms. When the Act was passed, most digital information was stored on personal computers. Now, most of it is stored in the cloud, which is made up of servers around the globe.
A pair of defendants has received a second break on a conviction that once earned them life in prison. After a series of mistakes got their sentences knocked down to thirty years behind bars -- but with lifetime supervised release when they were out. Now an appellate court has ruled that supervised release order was probably meant to let a frustrated judge extend the men's prison terms.