The U.S. Supreme Court may soon take up a case to determine the constitutionality of the "insanity" plea. A brief has been filed on behalf of Joseph Delling, who in 2007 killed two men and injured one, asserting that he is a type of Jesus and that the men he targeted were stealing his energy. The brief asserts that by denying Delling the right to plead "insanity," the state of Idaho has violated his constitutional rights.
The Justice Department is suing a telecommunications company for challenging a request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for customer information — despite the fact that the law authorizing the request explicitly permits such challenges.
The families of three American citizens killed by U.S. drone strikes are now suing for wrongful death. According to the families of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, his sixteen-year old son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and operative Samir Khan, the murders are unconstitutional because they violate due process as well as the Fourth Amendment.
What could bring together the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and one of Virginia’s most conservative state representatives? The specter of drones filling the skies of the United States. In a joint statement released July 17 by Virginia Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU, the seemingly disparate pair announced plans to work to fight the unregulated use of drones by law enforcement in the Old Dominion.
Very soon the Department of Homeland Security won’t have to touch you to know everything it wants to know about you. Using a new laser-based scanner that fires a beam from about 164 feet, the government will be able to see everything it wants to see about your body, your clothes, and what’s in your suitcase. Reports indicate that the soon to be deployed scanner is so powerful that it can detect everything from “what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body.”
And what’s the most frightening part about this long distance über-powerful pat-down? You’ll never know it’s happening.