Category Archives: Fourth Amendment

Riley v. California: Behind the Decision

On April 25, the Supreme Court held that police must obtain a warrant to search the digital contents of an arrestee’s phone. The unanimous ruling raised many interesting points, and so Professor Douglas Godfrey (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law) sat down to explain the decision. The decision was for both Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie.

Riley v. California: Inside the Case

On April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court hears oral argument in Riley v. California. This case raises a complicated question about technology: Can the police search your cell phone upon arrest without a warrant? Professor Kimberly Bailey (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law) discusses the background of the case and the issues at stake.

Behind the Decisions of 2012

The 2012 Term of the Supreme Court wrapped up with many important decisions. The faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law goes behind the decisions to explain what happened, why, and what it means for the future.

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Maryland v. King Decision Allows DNA Swabs In Serious Arrests

Case: Maryland v. King This morning, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 opinion, with a scathing dissent from Justice Scalia. But the case, Maryland v. King, is not one of the big marquee cases of this Term, nor was the line-up predictable. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy held that the Fourth Amendment allows a … Continue reading Maryland v. King Decision Allows DNA Swabs In Serious Arrests

Losing at oral argument?

Case: Missouri v. McNeely Last week, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Missouri v. McNeely. The Court rejected the argument that the police are always entitled to draw blood from a DUI suspect because the blood alcohol level will dissipate while the officer waits for a warrant. The case and its opinions are interesting … Continue reading Losing at oral argument?