It’s Crazy How Much Cell Information Cops Think They Can Just Seize 

A federal appeals court just ruled that the government needs a warrant to obtain cell phone location records from your service provider. It’s the third ruling at this level on the matter, and the first that says a warrant is indeed necessary. Warrantless tracking of this kind is now more likely to be heard by the… »8/05/15 6:20pm8/05/15 6:20pm


Expert in Supreme Court Lethal Injection Case Did Research on

Tomorrow, when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, the justices will begin ruling on this question: Does Oklahoma’s use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth… »4/28/15 4:10pm4/28/15 4:10pm

LSD and a Top-Secret Army Experiment's Trip to the Supreme Court

Seventy-two years ago today, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann discovered the psychedelic properties of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). A powerful hallucinogen, LSD gained prominence twenty years later when counterculture figures such as Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey popularized its use as a recreational drug. But not… »4/16/15 7:40pm4/16/15 7:40pm

Is Aereo the New Betamax? The Supreme Court Weighs the Future of TV

Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. It is a case which reportedly has entertainment industry executives wearing out their Xanax prescriptions, as they contemplate the destruction of the entire economic foundation of the television industry. The press keeps repeating »4/22/14 8:59am4/22/14 8:59am

Aereo, the amazing watch-broadcast-TV-anywhere-via-internet company, turned off service in Utah and

Aereo, the amazing watch-broadcast-TV-anywhere-via-internet company, turned off service in Utah and Denver today. It's the latest in a long-drawn-out battle over whether the service is legal. The major networks will take the Aereo showdown to the Supreme Court next month. [The Salt Lake Tribune via Engadget] »3/08/14 11:26am3/08/14 11:26am

Warrant or No, Cops Can Use Aluminum Foil To Block Smartphone Wiping

The legal debate over whether police need a warrant to search a suspect's cellphone is more than just raging on — it's headed to the Supreme Court. But even if the nation's highest court decides a warrant is needed, the authorities could still block you from remote-wiping your phone while they wait for the legal OK to… »8/28/13 12:10pm8/28/13 12:10pm

US Supreme Court: Human Genetic Material Can't Be Patented

Big news from the east side of Capitol Hill: It's not okay to patent genetic material taken from the human body. Or at least, it's not okay in the eyes of the nation's highest court. SCOTUS took on the controversial and somewhat futuristic case earlier this year, and with all the torrid discussion about updating all… »6/13/13 11:01am6/13/13 11:01am

Supreme Court Gives the Go Ahead for Re-Copyrighting Public Domain Works

You've got to be kidding me. The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Congress can remove works from the public domain and re-copyright them in order to bring the the pieces into compliance with international copyright schemes. Yeah, because that doesn't run completely against the spirit of copyright law or anything. »1/19/12 11:20pm1/19/12 11:20pm