Florida Appeals Court Opinion Upholds Fourth Amendment

Sept 17, 2018 by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D In a rare victory for the Constitution, a Florida Court of Appeals upheld the order of a lower court suppressing evidence obtained by the use of a Stingray device, in violation of the defendant’s right to be free from unwarranted search and seizure. Here’s a summary of the … More Florida Appeals Court Opinion Upholds Fourth Amendment

JUDGES: SMART METERS ARE 4TH AMENDMENT ‘SEARCH’

  Homes being invaded by ‘ever-more sophisticated technology’ August 20, 2018 BOB UNRUH Privacy and health activists long have raised opposition to smart meters – the technological wizards that monitor power usage in a home, sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis, and report it to the utility that owns them. And sometimes others. Now an appeals … More JUDGES: SMART METERS ARE 4TH AMENDMENT ‘SEARCH’

Privacy Prevails: Supreme Court Rules That Warrant Is Required For Cellphone Location Data

June 22, 2018 jonathanturley In a major win for privacy, the Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 in a decision on Friday that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. The decision is a reversal of  the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Carpenter v. United States. Carpenter was implicated in a 2011 robbery … More Privacy Prevails: Supreme Court Rules That Warrant Is Required For Cellphone Location Data

The Christian Origins of America’s Constitutional Republic

Feng Wei Photography/Getty Images 31 Mar 2018 by Michael Patrick Leahy As one billion Christians around the world gather on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the foundational event of the Christian faith, it is worth reminding every American about the Christian origins of our constitutional republic. Three key theological concepts from … More The Christian Origins of America’s Constitutional Republic

New FBI Director Hints at Backdoors for Encryption

Jan 11, 2018 by  C. Mitchell Shaw After a brief pause, the surveillance hawks are again demanding an end to the encryption millions of Americans use to protect their data. Newly-minted FBI Director Christopher Wray (shown) seems to be picking up right where his disgraced predecessor James Comey left off in the war against encryption, telling … More New FBI Director Hints at Backdoors for Encryption

Constitutional Q&A: Knock-and-Talk Police Tactics

April 27, 2017 DOCUMENTS PDF VERSION AVAILABLE HERE © 2017 The Rutherford Institute[1] Those who founded this country strongly believed that “a man’s house is his castle.”[2] This belief—that the sanctity of one’s home should be protected against government invasions—led those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to forbid government agents from conducting … More Constitutional Q&A: Knock-and-Talk Police Tactics

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us

Jan 8, 2018 By John W. Whitehead “The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.”— Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man … More Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Cellphone Data Falls Under Fourth Amendment

 Nov 28, 2017 by  Michael Tennant On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in a case with enormous implications for Americans’ rights to privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of association. Specifically, the court is being asked to decide whether the government may obtain information about individuals’ cellphone usage without first getting a warrant … More Supreme Court to Decide Whether Cellphone Data Falls Under Fourth Amendment