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Monthly Archive: July 2010

July 27, 2010

US Supreme Court Holds State Employer May Investigate Employees’ Electronically Stored Data When Search is Legitimately Work-Related

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case of Ontario v. Quan, wherein a police officer brought suit against his police department for invasion of privacy. The police department had issued texting/paging devices to its officers for the purpose of work-related use. All of the officers were allotted a predetermined amount of text messages and/or data transfer, which was to be paid by the employer. Anything transferred above that which was allowed would be the responsibility of the officer personally. After an audit of the cellular bills showed many officers were...

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July 12, 2010

United States Court of Appeals Hears Arguments in Two Students Cases, Suspended for “Bashing” School Officials on the Internet

A recent hearing held before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit involved constitutional issues of free-speech, as applied to two students suspended for creating fake MySpace pages claiming to be their school principals. One student, a high school senior from Pittsburgh, was suspended in 2005 when he created a fake MySpace page to parody his principal. On the profile page, the student accused his principal of using steroids, smoking marijuana and being a drunk. The student did not create the MySpace page while at school, or even on school grounds, rather creating the...

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July 1, 2010

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Upholds Act which Allows for Civil Detainment of Offenders Deemed Sexually Dangerous

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently heard a case which challenged Pennsylvania Statute, Pa. C.S. §6403, which allows for the civil detainment of those deemed sexually dangerous. In Re A.C. involved an appellant sentenced to one year of involuntary in-patient treatment for potentially sexual violence. In accordance with the Act, the defendant must have been adjudicated delinquent as a minor for an act of sexual violence, have been sentenced to a juvenile facility until age 20, and be found to be in need of...

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