Courts Continue to Examine Digital Electronic Privacy Issues

Case Law: Search and Seizure of Digital Electronics In a separate web posting I detailed the ruling and background pertaining to Riley v. California, a 2014 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision which said that police cannot search the contents of a smart phone (or flip-top phone) without a warrant. The ruling generally was viewed by legal pundits and others as a victory for individual privacy rights, but other Fourth Amendment issues related to high-tech devices remained up in the air.   Following the decision, legal questions surrounding warrantless police searches of other electronics such as laptop and desktop computers have [...]

Los Angeles v. Patel: Hotels Right To Privacy — Under Fire!

  The United States Supreme Court to Hear Argument on the Issue of Hotel Guest's Right to Privacy The US Supreme Court will examine a question of privacy as it concerns hotel and motel guest records during this session. The high court agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down a Los Angeles ordinance requiring that hotel guest records “be made available to any officer of the Los Angeles Police Department for inspection.”   A divided Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this past December that the ordinance was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, which guards against [...]

NOPD Officer Who Shot Unarmed Pot Suspect in Gentilly is Identified

  Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. -- Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.       NOPD Officer Who Shot Unarmed Pot Suspect in Gentilly is Identified   By Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune   New Orleans police officials confirmed Thursday that the 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by a plain-clothed narcotics officer during a drug raid at a Gentilly house a day earlier was unarmed. New Orleans police officer Joshua Colclough, 28, fired a single shot Wednesday evening that killed Wendell Allen, 20. Police officials were guarded in [...]

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