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Hobby Lobby, The Establishment Clause, and Why It’s Time to Rethink the Constitution

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The failure of the nation to update the Constitution and the structure of government it originally bequeathed to us is at the root of our current political dysfunction. - Larry Sabato, “A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country.” It’s a shame the deep-pocketed theocrats that run…
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SCOTUS Rules: Device Searches Require a Warrant

Nowadays, the term smartphone almost seems like a misnomer. Perhaps, a better name at this point would be “compact supercomputer.” The wireless devices that most of us carry around in our pockets all day are so much more than just phones. They are an ATM, an HD video camera, a massive photo album, a repository…
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SCOTUS Decides Not to Forever Change TV as We Know It

I talk a lot about how new technologies are challenging existing laws, venturing into previously unregulated areas, or how technology seems to be clouding the defined lines of previous laws. Last week, the law finally caught up to one of those technologies (or didn’t, depending on your perspective). The Supreme Court issued a ruling that…
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How Cyclists Are Unfairly Viewed in the Eyes of the Law

As cycling increasing as a mode of transportation and form of recreation across the United States, debates have taken place over a cyclist’s right to the road. Usually these debates are had over internet columns (such as this) with anonymous internet commentators asserting their alleged right to not make room for cyclists, perhaps even hitting…
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Flipping the “Kill Switch” on Smartphone Theft

Back in February, we reported that California [wanted] to Kill Your Smartphone…if it got stolen. California lawmakers were considering legislation that would require every cellphone sold in the state to have a so-called “kill switch” technology. As we explained, this software allows the phone to be shut down remotely (or, as the legislation put it,…
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