Criminal Procedure and Due Process

The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments protect the rights of suspected or accused persons, criminal defendants, and convicted criminals. The Supreme Court has applied these protections to state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Supreme Court Considers Limits on Warrantless Cellphone Searches
Date: 4/29/14
Source: NPR

Supreme Court Rejects Hearing on Military Detention Case
Date: 4/28/14
Source: Reuters

Court Upholds McCowan Murder Convictions
Date: 4/25/14
Source: chestertontribune.com

Michigan Supreme Court Sides with Saginaw Grandparents in their Bid for Visitation Rights
Date: 4/23/14
Source: mlive.com

Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips
Source: NPR
Date: 4/23/14

Justice Department Defends Email Searches
Date: 4/22/14
Source: Wall Street Journal

Fallout From Fake Twitter Account Painfully Real For The One Man Arrested
Date: 4/19/14
Source: pjstar.com

U.S. Supreme Court to consider Ohio ban on campaign lies
Date: 4/16/14
Source: NOLA.com

Court Sides With EPA On Mercury Emissions
Date: 4/16/14
Source: Valley News

Man Who Disrupted Supreme Court Gets Time Served
Date: 4/15/14
Source: ABC News

Gun rights may return to Supreme Court’s agenda
Date: 4/13/14
Source: USA Today

Court sides with relatives of flood victims on definition of ‘malicious’
Date: 4/10/14
Source: Arkansas News

Arkansas Supreme Court sides with flood victim families on malice law
Date: 4/10/14
Source: Star Triune

Same-sex marriage battle escalates to force Supreme Court decision on constitutionality
Date: 4/9/14
Source: Washington Post

Supreme Court sides with gay couple turned away by photo studio
Date: 4/7/14
Source: Portland Press Herald

Former Christie aides to judge: Quash subpoenas
Date: 3/11/14
Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

U.S. Militant, Hidden, Spurs Drone Debate
Date: 2/28/14
Source: NY Times

Connecticut Bill Would Impose 20-Year Prison Sentence On People Who Commit Crimes With Drones
Date: 2/22/14
Source: CBS Connecticut

Public Defenders Turn to Lawmakers to Try to Ease Caseloads
Date: 2/18/14
Source: NY Times

California Denies Scorned Journalist Stephen Glass Right to Practice Law
Date: 1/28/14
Source: NY Times

Judge Rejects Execution Delay Over Use of Compounded Drug
Date: 1/28/14
Source: NY Times

Supreme Court relaxes mandatory drug-dealer sentencing in overdoses
Date: 1/27/14
Source: LA Times

High Court to Decide Cellphone-Search Case
Date: 1/17/14
Source: Wall Street Journal

NSA shouldn’t keep phone database, review board recommends
Date: 12/18/13
Source: Washington Post

Stores allowed to hold, fine shoplifting suspects without due process
Date: 12/17/13
Source: The AP

Macomb business owners want IRS to stop seizures without due process
Date: 12/9/13
Source: Macomb Daily

Supreme Court restores death sentence for Kansas murderer
Date: 12/11/13
Source: LA Times

Chief Judge For 9th Circuit Cites “Epidemic” Of Prosecutor Misconduct
Date: 12/11/13
Source: Huffington Post

Unarmed Man Is Charged With Wounding Bystanders Shot by Police Near Times Square
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The New York Times

Report: Threat Of Mandatory Minimums Used To Coerce Guilty Pleas
Date: 12/5/13
Source: NPR

Critics blast Pennsylvania city’s ‘one-strike’ law as blow to due process
Date: 12/6/13
Source: Pennsylvania Independent

Cops Intent On Search Without A Warrant Threaten To Kill Dogs
Date: 12/6/13
Source: Opposing Views

Woman fights ticket for driving with Google Glass
Date: 12/4/13
Source: CNBC

Who Is Watching the Watch Lists?
Date: 11/30/13
Source: The New York Times

Tower Dumps in SC Could Give Your Cell Data to Police
Date: 12/3/13
Source: WLTX

The NSA says it ‘obviously’ can track locations without a warrant. That’s not so obvious.
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The Washington Post

Hawaii Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on case involving the due process rights of indigent parents in child welfare proceedings
Date: 12/4/13
Source: Hawaii Reporter

Michigan man’s freedom sought after DNA IDs new suspect in 1996 killing
Date: 12/4/13
Source: Fox News

SJC to rule whether animal rescuers need a warrant
Date: 12/3/13
Source: Boston Herald

Coach Defends Students Arrested at Bus Stop
Date: 11/29/13
Source: Rochester Homepage

Landry Thompson, 13, Taken Into Custody After Dozing Off In Dance Instructor’s Car
Date: 12/2/13
Source: The Huffington Post

12,000 Days Later, Texas Still Won’t Release Jerry Hartfield From Custody
Date: 11/25/13
Source: The Atlantic

In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act
Date: 11/22/13
Source: The Miami Herald

In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act
Date: 11/22/13
Source: The Miami Herald

Task Force Head Claims ‘Terrorism’ Behind $160,000 Seizure
Date: 11/20/13
Source: News Channel 5

3 of Imprisoned ‘San Antonio 4’ Could Soon Go Free
Date: 11/15/13
Source: ABC News

Supreme Court weighs if police can search homes without a warrant
Date: 11/14/13
Source: The Mercury

Colorado Terrorism Case Relies On Warrantless Wiretaps
Date: 11/17/13
Source: US Finance Post

Judges Must Warn About Deportation, New York Appeals Court Rules
Date: 11/19/13
Source: The New York Times

Supreme Court case heard in Yerington
Date: 11/19/13
Source: RGJ

Lake Stevens woman sues police over home search
Date: 11/14/13
Source: The Seattle Times

Witness intimidation on social media: Law enforcement’s growing challenge
Date: 11/15/13
Source: NBC News

Roommate vs. roommate: Supreme Court considers police searches
Date: 11/14/13
Source: USA Today

Investigation exposes admission that Regents don’t read employee appeals
Date: 11/11/13
Source: CBS Atlanta

Immunity rejected- Jury to decide on suit
Date: 11/10/13
Source: TriCities.com

DNA dilemma: when should police take a sample?
Date: 11/12/13
Source: Fox43 Central Pennsylvania

Judge rules illegal search, seizure of raw dairy goods
Date: 11/10/13
Source: The Journal

St. George faces scrutiny over code enforcement practices
Date: 11/8/13
Source: Fox 13 News Salt Lake City

Federal appeals court rules against O.C. gang injunction
Date: 11/6/13
Source: The LA Times

Ariz. County’s push for drones stirs privacy concerns
Date: 11/6/13
Source: USA Today

Cops force man to rap for his freedom: suit
Date: 11/5/13
Source: The New York Post

US appeals court: Warrants needed for GPS tracking
Date: 11/3/13
Source: The Independent

Donziger claims his due process rights are being violated
Date: 11/4/13
Source: Legal Newsline

High court rules for police in chase of suspect onto private property
Date: 11/4/13
Source: CNN

Ruling says city council violated due process rights
Date: 10/31/13
Source: Selma Times Journal

Excluding LGBT jurors without cause déjà vu
Date: 10/30/13
Source: My Desert

Fired Owasso police officer files constitutional rights lawsuit
Date: 10/29/13
Source: Owasso World

Ex-deputy files federal civil rights lawsuit for wrongful termination
Date: 10/30/13
Source: The Journal

US to use warrantless evidence in terror case
Date: 10/26/13
Source: The Journal Gazette

ACLU: Lavabit ‘fatally undermined’ by US request for encryption keys
Date: 10/25/13
Source: The Guardian

Man Cleared In Rape Case Arrested For Not Registering As Sex Offender
Date: 10/28/13
Source: CBS Chicago

Call yourself a hacker? Your computer could be seized without warning
Date: 10/24/13
Source: The Guardian

Court says police need a warrant to track vehicle via GPS
Date: 10/22/13
Source: The Washington Post

Police describe how James Holmes’ bank records were improperly seized
Date: 10/21/13
Source: The Denver Post

Louisiana monks win right to craft caskets after fight with funeral directors
Date: 10/20/13
Source: Fox News

Supreme Court to grapple with mental disability and the death penalty
Date: 10/21/13
Source: LA Times

Alabama Lawmaker Re-Introduces Castration Bill For Sex Offenders
Date: 10/15/13
Source: CBS Atlanta

Feds Sued for Hiding NSA Spying From Terror Defendants
Date: 10/17/13
Source: Wired

While helping disabled boy, he’s ‘tackled’ in sex sting; now he sues
Date: 10/17/13
Source: The LA Times

Supreme Court To Hear Kaley Asset Forfeiture Case
Date: 10/16/13
Source: The Huffington Post

Controversial quota drives immigration detention boom
Date: 10/13/13
Source: The Washington Post

Officer: Holmes gave ‘self-satisfying’ smirk
Date: 10/15/13
Source: The Houston Chronicle

Supreme Court to hear property seizure challenge
Date: 10/14/13
Source: The Bradenton Herald

Suit filed on behalf of farmer over wetlands
Date: 10/14/13
Source: Chico ER News

Immigration Checks on Montana Drivers Fought
Date: 10/10/13
Source: Courthouse News Service

Prosecutors fight for DNA sampling to solve crimes
Date: 10/14/13
Source: Q13 Fox

State high court upholds warrantless search of woman’s purse
Date: 10/10/13
Source: KOMO News

SJC justices to weigh in on cellphone tracking data
Date: 10/11/13
Source: The Boston Globe

Video of St. Louis drug arrest stirs controversy
Date: 10/9/13
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

How Undercover Cops in a Florida City Make Millions Selling Cocaine
Date: 10/9/13
Source: ABC News

Did Obama swap ‘black’ detention sites for ships?
Date: 10/8/13
Source: WTOP

As F.B.I. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
Date: 10/2/13
Source: NY Times

Dying ‘Angola Three’ inmate freed after 41 years in solitary confinement
Date: 10/2/13
Source: The Globe and Mail

Group Accuses FBI of Harassing 2nd Todashev Friend
Date: 10/2/13
Source: ABC News

Disgraced EPA official pleads the Fifth in House investigation
Date: 10/1/13
Source: The Hill

A CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison. And he feels ‘vindicated’ by Snowden leaks.
Date: 9/30/13
Source: The Washington Post

Citizen sues Dadeville over ‘strip search’
Date: 9/26/13
Source: Alex City Outlook

Serious Charge for a 7-Year-Old Kid
Date: 9/25/13
Source: Courthouse News Service

Bay City woman files civil rights lawsuit against two police officers, assistant prosecutor
Date: 9/22/13
Source: MLive

Academics join CUNY David Petraeus protests as NYPD arrests six students
Date: 9/20/13
Source: The Guardian

DOJ To Nix Mandatory Minimum Sentences In Some Pending Drug Cases: Eric Holder
Date: 9/19/13
Source: Huffington Post

Justice Dept. watchdog never probed judges’ NSA concerns
Date: 9/19/13
Source: USA Today

Civil liberties group accuses FBI of misusing new authorities
Date: 9/16/13
Source: Chicago Tribune

New Texas law lets police use drones with a search warrant
Date: 9/14/13
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

The Border Is a Back Door for U.S. Device Searches
Date: 9/09/13
Source: NY Times

Christie Signs Law on out-of-State Police Work
Date: 9/09/13
Source: Associated Press

Google, Yahoo, Facebook ask more data query disclosure
Date: 9/09/13
Source: The AFP

Mo. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Prior Offenses
Date: 9/04/13
Source: CBS

Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s
Date: 9/01/13
Source: NY Times

NSA Can Tap Three-Fourths Of Domestic U.S. Internet Traffic, Wall Street Journal Reports
Date: 8/21/13
Source: The Huffington Post

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
Date: 8/21/13
Source: Washington Post

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
Date: 8/15/13
Source: Washington Post

Court: Police can take DNA swabs from arrestees
Date: 6/03/13
Source: AP

Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data
Date: 5/31/13
Source: CNET

U.S. appeals court sides with Comcast in Tennis Channel dispute
Date: 5/28/13
Source: WKZO

Supreme Court releases decisions, not Fisher, Windsor, Perry or BRCA
Date: 5/28/13
Source: Washington Times

Supreme Court declines to hear abortion case
Date: 5/28/13
Source: USA Today

Colo. Supreme Court sides with state, overturns Lobato school funding lawsuit
Date: 5/27/13
Source: KDVR, FOX 31 Denver

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Copyright Royalty Board Challenge
Date: 5/28/13
Source: Huffington Post

High court sides with cities wishing to ban pot shops
Date: 5/7/13
Source: The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Florida Supreme Court could decide on imprisoning kids for life
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Bradenton Herald

Florida schoolgirl charged with felonies for science experiment
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Washington Times

Iowa Senate OKs expanded DNA sampling for crimes, despite civil liberties objections
Date: 5/1/13
Source: Des Moines Register

Bloomberg Strongly Defends Stop-And-Frisk As Lawsuit Against Practice Continues
Date: 4/30/13
Source: CBS Local

Supreme Court dismisses case over speedy trials
Date: 4/29/13
Source: WCSH.com

Supreme Court says Virginia can block out of state use of its FOIA
Date: 4/29/13
Source: Washington Post

Court may limit use of race in college admission decisions
Date: 4/29/13
Source: Yahoo News

U.S. Supreme Court: Warrant needed for blood test in most cases
Date: 4/28/13
Source: Richmond Register

Court Rules for Immigrant on Deportation in Drug Case
Date: 4/23/13
Source: NY Times

Special grand jury is seated
Date: 4/16/13
Source: TimesLeaderOnline.com

IRS claims it can read your e-mail without a warrant
Date: 4/11/13
Source: CNET

Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight
Date: 4/9/13
Source: Wired.com

Data War Reaches The Supreme Court
Date: 4/8/13
Source: Forbes

U.S. Supreme Court hears “Baby Veronica” case next week
Date: 4/8/13
Source: FOX23.com

Kelly Said Street Stops Targeted Minorities, Senator Testifies
Date: 4/01/13
Source: NY Times

Intel cites Supreme Court’s Comcast ruling in antitrust case
Date: 4/3/13
Source: Thomas Reuters News & Insight

Supreme Court refuses airline challenge on fare rules
Date: 4/1/13
Source: USA Today

Supreme Court rejects call to change voting district head counts
Date: 4/1/13
Source: Los Angeles Times