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Florida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 11-6-12 featuring Elina Treyger
Elina Treyger November 02, 2012

Elina TreygerOn October 31, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Florida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris.  Both cases involve police dogs that are trained to detect illegal narcotics.  Florida v. Jardines considers whether taking such a dog to smell the exterior of a house where police suspect marijuana is being grown constitutes a search under Fourth Amendment requiring probable cause.  The question in Florida v. Harris is whether a narcotics detection dog’s “alert” constitutes probable cause for the search of a private vehicle.

To discuss the case, we have Elina Treyger, who is an assistant professor at George Mason University School of Law.

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A Federalist Society Symposium on the National Security Agency’s Bulk Data Seizures and FISA Surveillance Programs

Engage Volume 14, Issue 2 July 2013
October 22, 2013

A Federalist Society Symposium on the National Security Agency’s Bulk Data Seizures and FISA Surveillance Programs We are pleased to bring you this special Engage Symposium on the National Security Agency’s bulk data seizures and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act programs. This Symposium features diverging points of view on the issues involved from top scholars and experts in the field, including Randy E. Barnett & Jim Harper, Steven G. Bradbury, Jeremy Rabkin, Stewart A. Baker, Nathan A. Sales, Jameel Jaffer & Laura W. Murphy, Robert F. Turner, & Grover Joseph Rees...[Read Now!]

ABA Watch August 2009

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July 31, 2009

ABA WatchIn this issue, we offer an overview of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judicial Committee and its evaluation of United States Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. We also discuss a recent study evaluating the Committee’s judicial ratings. And, as in the past, we digest and summarize actions before the House of Delegates. [More]

ABA Watch February 2010

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February 05, 2010
ABA WatchIn this issue, we are pleased to offer an interview conducted over email with ABA President-Elect Stephen Zack, who will become president of the Association next summer.  We are publishing his responses unedited in this issue.  This issue also features a piece discussing the ABA’s policy regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to prosecute the five Guantanamo detainees accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.  And, as in the past, we digest and summarize actions before the House of Delegates. [More]

Abramski v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast

SCOTUScast 3-14-14 featuring Ken Klukowski
Kenneth A. Klukowski March 14, 2014

Ken KlukowskiOn Janurary 22, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Abramski v. United States. This case concerns 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(6), a federal criminal statute that prohibits a person who buys a firearm, intending later to sell it to another person, from falsely making a statement about the identity of the ultimate purchaser that is “material to the lawfulness of the sale.” The question before the Court is twofold: (1) Is the initial purchaser’s intent to sell a firearm to another lawful purchaser in the future a fact “material to the lawfulness of the sale”?; and (2) Is such an intent a piece of information “required . . . to be kept” by a federally licensed firearm dealer under the same statute?

To discuss the case, we have Ken Klukowski, who is on faculty at Liberty University and is a Senior Legal Analyst at Breitbart News. He formerly worked for the National Rifle Association and was involved in the last two Second Amendment cases that went through the Supreme Court.

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