State v. Loomis and Presentencing Investigations

In State v. Loomis (2016), the Wisconsin Supreme Court addressed the issue of presentencing investigation reports and how they ought to be treated in regards to sentencing criminals. Presentencing investigations reports are documents that provide offender’s background information to sentencing courts and calculate the likelihood of individuals with the offender’s background to commit another crime […]

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United States v. Nosal (Nosal II)

Efrain Alvarado III 3/26/17 United States v. Nosal (Nosal II) and the CFAA This case involved the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a law that criminalized intrusion into computer systems (including all “used in affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication,” and imposed criminal penalties on anyone who “accesses a protected computer without authorization, […]

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The Outdated Third-Party Doctrine

Efrain Alvarado III 3/5/2017 A Fourth Circuit case, United States v. Graham (2016) brought to light the relevant issue of the Supreme Court’s third-party doctrine. The doctrine holds that “people cannot reasonably expect privacy in information they willingly disclose to third parties, and thus, that government intrusions on such information are not Fourth Amendment searches.” […]

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The Difficulty of Classifying Data

Microsoft Corp v. United States was a case that had a familiar theme from some other cases examined in this blog; an instance where potentially outdated laws were used to decide a case that involved new technology. In this case, the Second Circuit found that the Government cannot compel ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to produce […]

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