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Supreme Court declines cases defining computer system hacking

Under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it's a criminal act to intentionally access a computer or computer system without authorization. The law also allows victims of unauthorized access to sue for damages. In the modern world of the internet and social media, the definition of "unauthorized" has become contentious, however.

Appeals court limits reach of search warrants for cellphones

The mere fact that someone is under suspicion for a crime is not enough to justify a warrant for that person's cellphone. The mere fact that most people have a cellphone is not enough to justify a warrant. A warrant issued with no more specific reason than those is unconstitutional, the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently.

Supreme Court asked to rule on reach of email warrants

After a panel of federal judges ruled that the 1986 Stored Communications Act does not apply outside the United States, the Trump Administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

Judge: Cruelty, isolation at WI juvenile prisons must change

The federal judge hearing the case on Wisconsin's juvenile prisons commented that Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, suffers less restrictive solitary confinement than do the juveniles confined at the Lincoln Hills School correctional facility in Irma.

Why experienced legal counsel truly counts in an appellate action

You've heard admonitions like this before, of course, in reference to the need to steer past mere baseline competence from a contracting third party when what you truly need is high-level performance from an individual or business entity.

SCOTUS: A racist juror can lead to an overturned conviction

One of the things courts value most is finality. Once a dispute has been resolved, courts are loath to start digging into the process of resolving the dispute -- and this has traditionally led to some pernicious consequences, even without ill intent.

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