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False sense of security (access required)

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A legal Listserv is supposed to be like Las Vegas. What happens on the Listserv stays on the Listserv. But in reality, candid conversations among lawyers on Listservs get leaked just as easily as scandals travel across the Sin City ...

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In defense of student privacy (access required)

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When tragedy strikes, rational judgment becomes vulnerable to passions of anger, sadness and fear. Any grade-schooler knows that an accused in the United States is innocent until proven guilty. But read the news after revelation of a horrific crime, and the ordering of American values seems fuzzy.

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Man claims officer had affair with his wife, then had him arrested (access required)

A Myrtle Beach man’s lawsuit against a Horry County police officer and state trooper is heavy on soap-opera drama and light on legal substance, a U.S. District Court judge in Florence has ruled. The plaintiff claimed that his wife was having an affair with the officer and that the two lovers conspired to have him arrested for drunken driving. His wife had told the officer that her husband was getting drunk at a bar and would eventually be driving home.

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U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with limits of privacy in the age of technology (access required)

In a case that had the justices questioning just how far the expectation of privacy extends in a world of ever-evolving technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court considered last week whether the police’s use of a warrantless GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car violated the Fourth Amendment. There is a chance that the justices could rule broadly on the issue. For example, the court could hold that the installation of the device did not even constitute a search, allowing the court to skip the expectation-of-privacy analysis altogether. But at oral arguments, the justices seemed to go the opposite route, considering in detail the implications of a world where information from high-tech devices could be used by the government to track individuals’ every move.

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