Supreme Court: Cellphone Searches Illegal Without Warrant

Jun 25, 2014, 4:44 pm EDT

The Supreme Court, ruled on Wednesday, that it’s illegal for police to search a person’s cellphone without a warrant.

The Supreme Court justices came to a unanimous decision regarding cellphones needing a warrant to be searched. The justices stated that a cellphone was much more than a simple social convenience and that it could hold private information, reports the Associated Press.

However, this doesn’t mean that police can’t still confiscate a cellphone. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, police can choose to take cellphones, but will still require a warrant to look through them. To protect the cellphones from remote encryption, they can place them in a bag that blocks signal. Police can also choose to take the battery out of the cellphone, the Associated Press notes. Read 

Indiana Judge Ends State Ban on Gay Marriage

Jun 25, 2014, 2:37 pm EDT

Indiana just became the latest state to lift its ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young issued a ruling that allows same-sex couple to get married.”Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana,” he wrote.

“These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street,” Young added. “The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.” Read 

Why John Boehner Plans to Sue President Obama

Jun 25, 2014, 2:20 pm EDT

John Boehner is planning to file a lawsuit against President Obama, claiming that the president has abused his executive powers.

The House Speaker says that Obama has ignored the laws and brags about it. John Boehner claims that the lawsuit has nothing to do with attempting to impeach the president — “it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country.”

“My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” he said. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.” Read 

FBI Rescues 168 Kids in Sex-Trafficking Operation

Jun 24, 2014, 11:19 am EDT

The FBI cracked down on child sex-trafficking in the U.S. during an operation that took place over the last week.

168 kids have been recovered and 281 pimps have been arrested so far during the crackdown. The operation involved close to 400 law enforcement agencies and it took place in more than 100 U.S. cities.

Over the last six years, operations to stop child sex-trafficking by the FBI and its partners have led to 1,450 convictions and seizure of more than $3 million in assets. The agency has also managed to rescue 3,600 kids over that span. Read 

Medical Marijuana States 2014: The ‘Where It’s Legal’ List

Jun 23, 2014, 11:54 am EDT

With New York State set to legalize medical marijuana for the first time, the movement to legalize marijuana appears to be gaining even more momentum.

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Last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act,” which added the Sunshine State to the growing list of medical marijuana states. North Carolina’s legislature has also passed medical marijuana bills. Read 

New York Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Jun 23, 2014, 11:34 am EDT

On Friday, New York’s Senate and State Assembly approved a bill that will make the Empire State the 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana use.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the Compassionate Care Act into law. The new law could require up to 18 months to go into full effect. While it will allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for very sick patients, only non-smokable forms of marijuana will be legal in New York, CNN notes.

New York’s medical marijuana bill also features criminal penalties for anyone who attempts to obtain the drug under fraudulent pretenses. It can also be suspended at any time at the recommendation of New York state police and medical authorities. Read 

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