Posted on May 4, 2015 by CEB
This following is a guest blog post by George M. Moore, PhD, JD, a Scientist-in-Residence at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, where his course in Drones and Surveillance considers both the technical and legal aspects of drone use and its impact on privacy issues. Dr. Moore is a member of the California and Colorado state bars.
The crashing of a drone on the White House grounds among other recent incidents have shown that drones may pose direct threats to our security, but perhaps a greater long-term threat of drones is to our privacy. A collision between safety, security, privacy rights, and commercial utility is about to happen, and the legal community needs to be prepared to recognize and address the issues that will surely arise. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: constitutional protection, drones, privacy, surveillance | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 8, 2014 by Robert Denham, Esq
From the former capital of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, comes the spark for a Supreme Court decision that could extend same-sex marriage to all fifty states within a year. Continue reading
Filed under: Constitutional Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage ban, Supreme Court | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 28, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The Los Angeles Times calls it “The Green Rush,” referring to the newly-lucrative cultivation of premium marijuana to serve the “discriminating consumers who frequent medical cannabis dispensaries.” California laws permitting medical marijuana have spawned an industry that has moved from remote, clandestine locations to our city centers. But what’s become a boom for growers and sellers is causing a headache for many city regulators. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Real Property Law | Tagged: Compassionate Use Act, land use regulation, medical marijuana, medical marijuana dispensaries, Medical Marijuana Program Act | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 23, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
This post goes under the category of “good to know.” It’s probably not something most of us are concerned about, but it’s still comforting to know that the law protects the privacy of our video preferences. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: personal information, privacy, video downloading, Video Privacy Protection Act, video rental | 6 Comments »
Posted on August 19, 2011 by Julie Brook, Esq.
For what seems to be the first time in the United States, a government agency cut off mobile-internet and phone service to quash a protest demonstration. Was this a valid and reasonable way to protect public safety or an unlawful infringement on free speech rights protected under the First Amendment? Continue reading
Filed under: Constitutional Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: BART, constitutional rights, demonstrations, First Amendment, free speech, prior restraint, protests | 8 Comments »