A Supreme Court ruling in June overruled the conviction of a sex offender for violating his probation after posting on Facebook. But that opens up a new legal minefield over limitations on internet access for anyone convicted of a crime, warns a Washington, DC attorney.
A case pending at the Supreme Court could decide whether constitutional protections against warrantless searches prevent courts and law enforcement from using evidence discovered from cellphone records. A former NYC prosecutor contends that the justices should hear arguments.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has promised to be “more circumspect” after boldly criticizing Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. She didn’t mention him directly during two recent speeches, but she did suggest that the judicial branch enjoys a better reputation than the executive or legislative branches of the federal government.
The justices said Monday they will consider whether a baker from the Denver area who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court also declined to hear a challenge of a California gun law.
Anthony Kennedy, who turns 81 next month, sparked speculation that he was set to announce his retirement when he moved up by a year a long-scheduled reunion of his former clerks. The event was held Saturday, but Kennedy–the key swing vote on the sharply divided court–did not mention retirement.
Justice Samuel Alito Jr. wrote in an opinion published this week that sex offenders “are much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or sexual assault.” The data says he is wrong.