The Court issued two opinions this week, and it disposed of one more case without a decision. In Collins v. Virginia, the Court considered the scope of the Fourth Amendment’s “automobile exception,” which allows a police officer to search a vehicle without first getting a warrant under some circumstances. The rationale for this exception is … Continue reading Opinions: Searching Vehicles Next to a Home and Restitution→
By Michael Gentithes, Visiting Assistant Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law. The smartphones we carry in our pockets radically simplify our lives, reducing hour-long tasks to seconds and eliminating the need to separately carry a camera, map, book, and audio player. But should they also enable the government to access months of records of everywhere someone … Continue reading The End of Miller’s Time?→
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.
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.
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.
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→
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?→