Without any explanation, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a petition from a privacy advocacy group seeking to uncover secret Department of Homeland Security documents regarding a cell phone kill switch plan.
Florida’s death penalty process is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. At the heart of the matter was the sole power of state judges, not juries, to make decisions to deal out capital punishment, a violation of the Sixth Amendment.
A landlord, who is also a Christian minister, was convicted of shoving a Muslim tenant down a flight of stairs, but considers a judge’s order to “learn about the Muslim faith” to violate her freedom of religion, she claims in an appeal.
When Edward Snowden revealed the NSA secretly monitored Americans’ internet use, officials allayed concerns by explaining “only metadata” was collected. Now a federal court says some URLs fall outside the metadata category, qualifying as content.
The Justice Department failed to persuade a federal judge to go back on her order to release videos of force-feeding at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Judge Gladys Kessler cited the public’s right to see the 32 videos in a strongly worded decision.
A rural Alabama judge is under fire for offering minor crime offenders the option of giving blood in lieu of paying monetary fines for their crimes, or going to jail – a choice the Southern Poverty Law Center has called unconstitutional.
The New York City Police Department has refused a court order for ten months to release records on its vans ‒ honed by the US military in Afghanistan ‒ that use X-ray radiation on city streets. The NYPD was sued over the surveillance tool three years ago.
A Somali man has filed a criminal complaint against the United States and Germany for their roles in the alleged drone killing of his father, whom he claims was an innocent man caught up in an attack on a suspected member of Islamist group Al-Shabaab.