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Supreme Court Throws Out Facebook Conviction

by Blue LLP

Posted on 2 Jun 2015


Supreme Court Throws Out Facebook Conviction

On June 1, 2015, the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Anthony Elonis in Elonis v. United States, a case about a man who used the social media website Facebook to post several messages about his estranged wife and others.

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Supreme Court Rules That Minimal Movement Can Trigger Sentence Enhancement

by Blue LLP

Posted on 20 Jan 2015


Supreme Court Rules That Minimal Movement Can Trigger Sentence Enhancement

In a recent decision, Whitfield v. United States, the Supreme Court held that a person who forces another to accompany him any distance in the course of or fleeing from a bank robbery is subject to a statutory sentencing enhancement.

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Whoops! My bad . . . Now Go to Jail!

by Blue LLP

Posted on 20 Dec 2014


 Whoops!  My bad . . . Now Go to Jail!

In Heien v. North Carolina, the US Supreme Court held that an officer's reasonable mistake of the law can justify a seizure.

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Stop! It's the . . . Firefighters?

by Blue LLP

Posted on 4 Sep 2013


Stop!  It's the . . . Firefighters?

In an interesting article, the Durham Herald-Sun questioned today whether firefighters have the legal authority to apprehend a suspect on the suspicion of driving while impaired. As noted in the article, this question was recently before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and addressed in the opinion issued yesterday in State v. Verkerk.

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DEA and AT&T Get in on Data-Mining

by Blue LLP

Posted on 3 Sep 2013


DEA and AT&T Get in on Data-Mining

In the most recent revelation about widespread government eavesdropping, today, the New York Times reported on a government program with AT&T that grants the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) what is essentially unfettered access to 26 years worth of phone records processed through the telecommunications giant.

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