Fourth Amendment

Judge Rules Against Warrantless Search of Medical Marijuana Grow Facility in CA

Judge Rules Against Warrantless Search of Medical Marijuana Grow Facility in CA

Federal District Court Judge Thelton Henderson ruled yesterday that medical marijuana patients have demonstrated a strong likelihood of prevailing at trial on their claim that law enforcement raids in Lake County unconstitutionally violate their Fourth Amendment rights. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed earlier this year in San Francisco federal court, challenging Lake County’s […]

Know Your Rights: Music Festival Edition with Flowchart

Know Your Rights: Music Festival Edition with Flowchart

The “Know Your Rights” infographic – A Police encounter “Flow Chart” A lot of people write me asking how they should have handled a negative encounter they had with the police at a music festival or rave. I keep hearing phrases like, “I wish I had known that I didn’t have to make a statement” […]

ACLU Report Shows  Disturbing SWAT Trends

ACLU Report Shows Disturbing SWAT Trends

The ACLU released a new report on Friday, and it says something truly shocking: they estimate that only 7% of domestic SWAT teams raids are conducted for barricade or hostage situation. In reality, these paramilitary teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants (typically related to the War on Drugs). […]

ACLU v. Clapper Case Dismissed, NSA Continues Spying

ACLU v. Clapper Case Dismissed, NSA Continues Spying

IMAGE: Electronic Frontier Foundation In June, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought a case against James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, questioning the legality of the NSA’s programs to spy on the American people and collect and store bulk information for future use. ACLU v. Clapper was made possible after Edward Snowden blew the whistle […]

Know Your Rights: Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Use Drug Sniffing Dogs

Know Your Rights: Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Use Drug Sniffing Dogs

According to Black’s Legal Dictionary, probable cause is defined as; “a reasonable ground to suspect that a person has committed or is committing a crime…more than a bare suspicion but less than evidence that would justify a conviction [it] must be shown before an arrest warrant or search warrant may be issued.” The part of […]