Tag Archives: Constitutional

Cell phone search cases implicate broad privacy interests (access required)


WASHINGTON — Faced with a pair of cases raising the issue of warrantless searching of arrestees’ cell phones, the U.S. Supreme Court will again need to apply centuries-old constitutional principles to rapidly changing technologies. The justices’ analysis of this issue ...

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Supreme Court order adds twist to contraception mandate challenges (access required)


WASHINGTON — A one-page, non-merits order from the U.S. Supreme Court has infused new energy into court challenges brought by nonprofit employers who claim that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirement violates their constitutional and statutory religious rights. The ...

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Justices: Court-ordered psych evidence doesn’t violate 5th Amendment (access required)

U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Defendants who offer a diminished capacity defense cannot seek to exclude rebuttal evidence from court-ordered mental evaluations on Fifth Amendment grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kansas v. Cheever, No. 12-609. The justices reversed a contrary ruling ...

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