Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals ruled Wednesday that police in Baltimore and around the state have illegally used cell site simulators for tracking suspects and capturing mobile-phone traffic without first obtaining a warrant.
The Supreme Court dealt a victory to labor unions on Tuesday with a 4-4 decision on compulsory union dues, letting stand the lower court’s ruling in favor of the unions, the New York Times reports. The victory could be short-lived, however, as it is likely the court will hear further challenges on the issue after a ninth justice is appointed.
On Tuesday liberal Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) met with Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Afterward Kirk called on other senators to meet with Garland as well, to set the stage for a confirmation vote before the November election.
The movement to enact “Constitutional carry” of weapons has added another notch to the growing list of states that do not require a permit for individuals to carry concealed weapons.