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Juror B37: Book Deal Killed with an Online Petition and Some Help from Twitter Juror B37: Book Deal Killed with an Online Petition and Some Help from Twitter
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On Monday morning, news broke that one of the jurors responsible for George Zimmerman’s acquittal was gearing up to write a book and that she already had the backing of a literary agent. Less than 24 hours later, the book …

Zimmerman Jury Selected: All-Female Jury To Decide Zimmerman’s Fate Zimmerman Jury Selected: All-Female Jury To Decide Zimmerman’s Fate

George Zimmerman’s jury has finally been seated after a lengthy selection process, according to Zimmerman’s attorney. The six jurors seated are all women, and nearly all (five of the six) are white. Of the four alternates, two are women and …

Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That
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Hey guys, meet my new favorite terrible state bill. Narrowly beating out the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois bill that’ll make your head spin, comes a bill to modify New Jersey state law to permit police officers to confiscate …

Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence
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This is either the most brilliantly executed defensive move I’ve heard about in quite some time, or possibly the most ill-conceived air-grab since my buddy asked to read his wife’s texts “to prove she’s getting them ok.” Only time will …

New York City Wants To Regulate 3D Printed Guns New York City Wants To Regulate 3D Printed Guns
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New York City has some of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation. It’s not surprising then to see lawmakers pushing for new laws regulating the creation of 3D printed firearms. The New York Daily News reports that New …

Illinois: Concealed Carry Bill Confuses State Gun Laws Illinois: Concealed Carry Bill Confuses State Gun Laws
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Late last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Illinois state ban on carrying concealed weapons. The Illinois state government was given 180 days to end the ban, sending the state legislature into a legislative session …

Gay Pride Fines Law Passes Russian Parliament Gay Pride Fines Law Passes Russian Parliament
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Gay pride is a dangerous thing to publicize in many parts of the world. Now those who want to do so in Russia will face heavy fines. Fox News reports that the lower house of Russian parliament has approved a …

Prosecutor Fired for Using Facebook to Convince Alibi Witnesses to Change Their Stories Prosecutor Fired for Using Facebook to Convince Alibi Witnesses to Change Their Stories
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A Cuyahoga County, Ohio prosecutor has been fired after admitting to using a fake Facebook profile in an attempt to persuade two key witnesses for the defense to recant their testimony. Aaron Brockler remains adamant that he did nothing wrong, …

Paralegal Found Dead In Boss’s Bathtub Paralegal Found Dead In Boss’s Bathtub
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26-year old Julia Law was found nude and facedown in a bathtub full of water, but police say how she died is still a mystery. A maintenance worker discovered Law’s body in the home of Philadelphia attorney Charles Peruto, Jr., …

5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption 5th Amendment Protects Child Porn Suspect from Compelled Decryption
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A man accused of housing child pornography on multiple hard drives will not be forced to give authorities access, after a Wisconsin judge rules that doing so would violate his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The case involves Jeffrey Feldman, …

Underwood Tweet Rage: Feud Boils Over Law Underwood Tweet Rage: Feud Boils Over Law
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Carrie Underwood took to Twitter recently to vent her frustration over a new law called the “ag-gag” bill–which involves admission of secret videotaping of factory farms into animal abuse claims–and her posts quickly drew the attention of Tennessee lawmakers. Underwood, …

Juror Can’t Stop Texting During Trial, Promptly Jailed Juror Can’t Stop Texting During Trial, Promptly Jailed
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A 26-year-old juror in a Salem, Oregon, armed robbery case has been sentenced to serve two days in jail after he was caught texting in court. Benjamin Kohler was charged with contempt after authorities say he was using his mobile …

Juror Faces Contempt After Posting He Wanted to ‘F*ck Up a Pedophile’ on Facebook Juror Faces Contempt After Posting He Wanted to ‘F*ck Up a Pedophile’ on Facebook
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With the proliferation of social media use, courts are having a harder time keeping jurors from making public postings about trials in which they’re currently involved. The latest example of this comes from the U.K., where a suspended juror now …

Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA
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The House will vote on CISPA this week. This vote will decide whether or not the House majority thinks companies should be able to share your private online information with the government while enjoying total legal immunity. The second debate …

Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress

After a closed door markup, CISPA emerged from the House Intelligence Committee with some new amendments. Rep. Mike Rogers, the author of the bill, said the amendments would address concerns from civil liberty groups. Those same groups could not be …

Child Pornographer’s Sentence Overturned After Judge Goes On Strange, Irrelevant Rant About Facebook, Zuckerberg Child Pornographer’s Sentence Overturned After Judge Goes On Strange, Irrelevant Rant About Facebook, Zuckerberg

An 8-year prison sentence for a convicted child pornographer has been vacated and remanded for resentencing following a procedural error that involved the judge in the case going off on a completely unnecessary rant about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. The …

Baggy Pants Illegal In Louisiana Town, Opponents Say Law Is Slippery Slope Baggy Pants Illegal In Louisiana Town, Opponents Say Law Is Slippery Slope
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Baggy pants are tacky, but making the questionable fashion statement illegal seems to be taking it a bit too far. One town in Louisiana apparently doesn’t see the problem as it has made baggy pants illegal. The town of Terrebonne …

Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues
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On Wednesday, CISPA came closer to reality as it passed the markup phase in the House Intelligence Committee. Now the bill has to make it through the House, then the Senate, and finally the President’s desk. That last one may …

Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of …

Rep. Louie Gohmert Thinks We’re Being Scroogled Rep. Louie Gohmert Thinks We’re Being Scroogled

Microsoft’s latest, and now retired, Scroogled campaign focused on accusations that Google violates your privacy by screening your emails and serving ads. It’s true that Google does serve ads on emails through a computerized algorithm, but one congressman has bought …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate

The House has been unusually proactive early this year in attempting to pass email privacy protections through an updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In fact, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to gather testimonies from Google, law …