Seventh Circuit Examines Lifetime GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders

The Seventh Circuit on Friday weighed the intrusiveness of a Wisconsin statute that institutes lifetime GPS monitoring of certain convicted sex offenders against the necessity of preventing further offenses from that particular class of criminals, which has high rates of recidivism for crimes that are particularly heinous.

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National Security Surveillance Nabs More Than Spies

The case against Nassif Sami Daher and Kamel Mohammad Rammal, two Michigan men accused of food stamp fraud, hardly seemed exceptional. But the tool that agents used to investigate them was extraordinary: a secretive surveillance process intended to identify potential spies and terrorists.

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Fourth Amendment

In a bizarre ruling, the Ninth Circuit affirmed qualified immunity for the City of Fresno and three police officers, because even if they did steal $100,000 worth of plaintiffs’ property after seizing it with a warrant, “it is not clear whether the theft of property seized pursuant to the warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.”

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