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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Text Message Privacy Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 19 heard oral arguments in a case concerning an employee’s expectation of privacy in text messages that were sent and received on a pager issued by his employer ( City of Ontario, California, et al. v. Jeff Quon, et al. ...

Supreme Court Finds Search Of Employees' Text Messages Was Reasonable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A police department's search of the transcripts of its employees' text messages was reasonable and did not violate the employees' Fourth Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 17, reversing a ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Government Employee Privacy Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Government employee background checks are not only standard practice but are also constitutional, Acting Solicitor General Neal K. Katyal told the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 5 during oral arguments in an appeal by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration over a...

Camreta v. Greene: Will The Supreme Court Reach An Important 4th Amendment Issue Concerning Questioning Witnesses?

By Jay Shapiro, Partner Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP "If the Supreme Court finds its way to one of the critical issues in Camreta v. Greene, 588 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. Or. 2009) (Free unenhanced version of the opinion available from lexisONE Free Case law), it will have the opportunity to address a...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Immunity For Private Attorney Retained By Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) When a private attorney is temporarily retained by the government to work with or under government employees, that attorney is entitled to the same qualified immunity that government employees receive, the attorney representing Steve A. Filarsky told the U.S. Supreme...

9th Circuit Finds Border Search Of Laptop Did Not Violate 4th Amendment

PASADENA, Calif. - (Mealey's) The search of a man's laptop computer by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials that occurred 170 miles from the border did not constitute an "extended border search" and did not violate his rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution...

License Check In North Carolina Violates 4th Amendment Due To Lack Of Suspected Criminal Activity

According to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in State v. Leak, 2015 N.C. App. LEXIS 445 (N.C. Ct. App. June 2, 2015) , an officer violated a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights when a driver’s license check was conducted without reasonable suspicion. The decision suggested that evidence...

Court Confronts Canine Constitutional Case

In State v. Newcomb, 2016 Ore. LEXIS 366, the Oregon Supreme Court addressed the question of whether a defendant’s rights under the Oregon and United States Constitutions had been violated due to a warrantless draw of blood from defendant’s dog. The dog was seized without consent by law enforcement...