The Supreme Court issued a ruling last month that has serious implications for due process and policy rights. And civil liberties advocates are up in arms about the ruling, which they believe could unfairly violate the privacy rights of criminal suspects.
Last week the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in a case that will shape the future of evidence collections and criminal justice across the country. The widespread practice of collecting DNA from criminal suspects at arrest is before the court, with advocates speaking up passionately on both sides.
Several cases of severe evidence mishandling in crime labs in recent months have raised concerns about the reliability of forensic technicians. With no federal regulations governing crime labs and no universal certification requirement in place, evidence handling remains a real concern in criminal cases.
In past years, judges, attorneys, constitutional law experts and telecommunications companies have argued over the privacy rights and implications of information stored on cell phones and how, or if, that information can be used in criminal proceedings. The Fourth Amendment protects all Americans against unreasonable, warrantless search and seizure. But is your cell phone entitled to that same protection?