All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘law’

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Testifies On ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed last year, testified before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday on the “Stand Your Ground” law. Fulton, along with certain members of the U.S. Senate, hopes to see “Stand Your Ground” laws amended across 22 states. The “Stand Your Ground” law was brought up as a possible …

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No Touching! Woman Files Charges After Pregnant Belly is Rubbed

Any woman who has ever been pregnant can probably sympathize with a Frankfort, Pennsylvania woman who got so frustrated with people rubbing her belly that she decided to file charges. After a neighbor approached the woman and rubbed her belly without asking, she filed a police report. The man could end up paying a fine for rubbing the woman’s belly. …

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Texas Abortion Law: Restrictions Declared Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

A federal judge has determined that some of the new Texas abortion restrictions violate the Constitution, a ruling that will keep many abortion clinics open in the Lone Star State. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed last month by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. Glad to see TX fed judge rule …

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Facebook Denies Special Partnership with Police

It’s no secret that Facebook will cooperate will law enforcement. The company will disclose account records upon receiving a valid subpoena, court order, search warrant, or national security letter. Basically, Facebook says that they will do what the law requires – but with the utmost respect for user privacy. Not only that, but Facebook also reserves the right to aid …

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Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police, But It’s a Rare Occurrence

If you’re unaware that pretty much everything you do online is probably being tracked by someone, and all of the companies that house the content that you upload, post, tweet, and send on a daily basis routinely give it up to authorities – well, that’s a nice world you’re living in. Still, questions arise surrounding new types of online communications. …

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Spotify Sued Over User-Curated Playlists That Mimic Compilation Albums

Does creating a playlist that mirrors an established company’s own playlists amount to infringement? Or more specifically, does allowing your users to create similar playlists and hosting them on your service make you liable? Streaming music service Spotify is being sued over a bunch of user-generated playlists. The plaintiffs, London-based EDM brand Ministry of Sound, claim that Spotify has a …

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Texting Someone While They’re Driving Could Leave You Liable in New Jersey

A New Jersey appeals court has just handed down one of the most baffling rulings concerning technology and civil liability that you’re likely to see. Ever. In plain words, the court has ruled that future texters who knowingly text someone who’s driving can potentially be held liable for that remote text. That means that, in theory, if you text your …

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Tweets Lead to Speeder’s Manslaughter Charge Being Upped to Murder

An 18-year-old Pleasanton, California man who has been charged with vehicular homicide will see that change upped to murder based on a series of tweets. Cody Hall was charged earlier this week in the death of 58-year-old Diana Hersevoort. According to police, Hall struck Hersevoort and her husband with his car while they were cycling. Apparently, Hall was going over …

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Juror B37: Book Deal Killed with an Online Petition and Some Help from Twitter

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 deal no longer existed. Here’s how a petition and the power of Twitter combined to nip it in the bud. …

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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 two are men. Zimmerman will stand trial beginning next week in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, last February. …

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Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That

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 and search a driver’s cellphone when they are involved in an accident – simply if they feel the accident may …

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Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence

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 tell. Another question to remand to the future historians – what’s the deal with the NSA’s recently revealed phone data …

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