In it decision in the case of the United States v. Oliva, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the federal government may remotely convert cellphones into roving bugs.
Citizens of Michigan continue to press for passage of a state law that would nullify the execution of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) within the boundaries of the Great Lakes State. One such effort was begun by Michigan Representative Tom McMillin on June 14 when he introduced his bill to prevent the arrest and indefinite detention of citizens of his state under the authority of relevant provisions of the NDAA.
Chick-fil-A has been enduring the wrath of the pro-gay community recently because of the company’s Christian stance on same-sex marriage. However, what was once a conflict of ideologies is now becoming an issue of constitutional rights, as city officials are attempting to block efforts to open Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Judge Stephen W. Smith has criticized the law permitting the process of obtaining an electronic surveillance warrant to be kept secret.
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.