Post Tagged with: "Fourth Amendment"

Amber Pavuscko

The 4th Amendment is Not For Sale

By Amber Pavuscko, Staff Writer In January 2020, a 14-year-old girl went missing and few leads were available. [1] From hundreds of miles away, a prosecutor volunteered widely available commercial data from cellphones to use in the investigation. [2] This data includes users’ locations which can be bought and used […]

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Hicks and the Terry Stop

Photo provided by courtesy of By Jonathan Veres, Staff Writer Second-year law students studying criminal procedure spend hours readings landmark cases involving the Fourth Amendment. Mention Terry v. Ohio, or Katz v. United States, and you might catch an eye roll from a 2L. But, mention Commonwealth v. Hicks, […]

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The Constitutionality of Launching Sticky GPS Darts During a High-Speed Car Chase

By Amy Kerlin, Staff Writer On the multiple occasions that the United States Supreme Court opined about vehicles and the Fourth Amendment, it considered competing policy interests like officer safety or an individual’s privacy rights.  These frequently clashing policy interests come to the forefront in the realm of high-speed pursuit […]

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Calls “Implied Consent” DUI Law into Question

By Kyle Steenland, Associate Editor Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence laws may be unconstitutional after a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court holding. The Court interpreted the constitutionality of “implied consent” roadway statutes – to which vehicle operators automatically consent by simply using that state’s roads – and their interaction with accidents […]

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‘Telltale Heart’: Evidence found in Defendant’s Cardiac Pacemaker Contains Incriminating Evidence of Arson

  By Kristin Hoffman, Staff Writer A fire that occurred in September 2016 led to an interesting legal question: Can a person’s medical device, like a pacemaker, be used as incriminating evidence for a crime? This question arises due to the Fifth Amendment protection against a person being forced to […]

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Torrenting and the Fourth Amendment

  By Katherine Mannion, Staff Writer The internet is large, powerful, and still growing. It permits communication across the world, from breaking news to benign updates. As the capabilities of the internet continue to grow, however, it also becomes easier to use it for nefarious purposes. From here, the courts […]

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