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U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on Facebook threats

  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Elonis v. United States regarding whether threatening language posted on Facebook or other social media sites constitutes a real threat to others or whether they should be protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. The case centers on a Pennsylvanian Anthony E. Elonis who was...

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Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process. The decision means the high court will not take the unusual step of short-circuiting appeals courts...

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Plaintiffs: No-fly list deprives due process right

Thirteen people say their placement on the no-fly list deprives them of their due process rights, while lawyers defending the U.S. government say explaining such placement would involve classified information and endanger national security. In August, U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown’s rejected the government’s assertion that people on the no-fly list can travel by...

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U.S. judge blocks warrantless searches of Oregon drug database

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that U.S. government attempts to gather information from an Oregon state database of prescription drug records violates constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The American Civil Liberties Union hailed the decision, in a case originally brought by the state of Oregon, as the first time a federal judge...

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