The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled on May 7 that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of U.S. call records is illegal, stating that Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow such bulk collection of domestic calling records.
On Tuesday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned its own opinion given last year by a three-judge panel and decided that individuals do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their historical cellphone records and therefore no warrant is needed to obtain those records.
Officials in California are appealing an order by an appellate court for the California corrections department to provide sex reassignment surgery to a transgender prison inmate. On Monday, state officials also filed a request for a stay with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
As the Supreme Court considers how to rule on Obergefell v. Hodges — a case challenging marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, for which it heard oral arguments on April 28 — Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced legislation that would strip the High Court from deciding cases related to marriage.
When city officials in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ordered a church to remove its pro-life posters, the Rutherford Institute took their case and the officials backed off.
Thanks to increasing pressure from the public and from publications such as ARS Technica and the Wall Street Journal to disclose just how the Justice Department is obtaining and using their cell phone information, the DOJ announced that it will start, slowly, revealing more about its surveillance of Americans.
The wording of an immigration test is the latest example of the Obama administration's aim to reduce the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.