Category Blog Posts


Blog: To Execute, or to Exonerate the Actually Innocent – Is That Really the Question?

By: Brooke Kargman, Associate Staff

There have been vast advancements in forensic science largely due to developments in DNA technology.  Many prisoners who have maintained their innocence have accessed DNA evidence ultimately substantiating their claims, which was previously unobtainable.[1]  Inev...

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Blog: Personal Data Security and the “BYOD” Problem: Who is Truly at Risk?

By: Jill Smaniotto, Associate Manuscripts Editor

“Bring your own device” policies are undeniably on the rise in the realm of business IT.  According a recent survey, roughly two-fifths of U.S. consumers working for large enterprises use their personally-owned devices—i.e...

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Blog: Step Into Shaolin and See Where the Wu-Tang Clan Could be Taking Music

By: Josh Lepchitz, Associate Staff

Music streaming programs have drastically changed how it is consumers listen to music. In the United States music sales are 5% and a major contributing factor to the drop in revenue is services like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube. [1]  This drop in sales has proven ...

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Blog: Smart Guns and Their Constitutional Concerns

By: Jill Smaniotto, Associate Manuscript Editor

Following the shooting death of eighteen year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri this past summer, the issue of accountability for police firearm use has been at the forefront of public discourse.[1]  A firearms technology star...

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Blog: E-Commerce and Taxation: Internet Tax Freedom does not Mean Tax Freedom for the Internet

By: Andrew Landrum, Associate Technical Editor

The global advent of interconnectivity has led to breakthroughs in communication, innovation, scientific collaboration, and, most importantly, how to spend money in the comfort of your pajamas.  Online shopping has become the way of the future...

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Blog: Twitter Fights for Its First Amendment Right

By: Andrea Mousouris, Associate Articles Editor

Whether we realize it or not, our online activity is being watched. And whether we like it or not, Twitter, among other tech giants, shares our personal data with the U.S. government...

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Transparency in Law Enforcement: The Trend Towards Officer Body Cameras

by Eileen Waters, Associate Staff 

            The concept of body-mounted cameras worn by police officers is not brand new; in fact, police departments across the United States, England, Brazil, and Australia have been implementing systems with wearable cameras since the early 2000s.

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Homer Simpson May Be Headed to Court…D’Oh!

by Megan Carboni, Associate Staff

            Earlier this August, patent rights’ holder Alki David, owner of Hologram USA, filed suit against The Simpsons’ broadcaster, 20th Century Fox, for alleged patent rights infringements...

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Blocked: The Limits of Social Media as Evidence

by John A. Myers, Associate Staff

In the digital age, social media has become a dominant form of communication. Because of the increased usage of social media in recent years, user contributions to social media have increasingly been used as evidence in litigation...

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Riley v. California: Constitutional Reasonableness and Digital Device Searches

By: Adam Lamparello & Charles MacLean[1]

August 6, 2014

In an era of metadata collection and warrantless searches of laptops at the border, the Supreme Court recognized that privacy—and the Fourth Amendment—still matter.

A. The Court’s Opinion

In Riley v. California,[2] the defendant was sto...

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