Court OKs Warrantless Animal Rescue When ‘Appropriate’ | National Law Journal

 

Ruling on an issue of first impression for the state’s high court on Friday in Commonwealth v. Heather M. Duncan, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said that, “in appropriate circumstances, animals, like humans, should be afforded the protection of the emergency aid exception.”

“In addition to promoting life-saving measures, the ability to render such assistance vindicates the legislative framework for preventing cruelty to animals, particularly the provision regulating the conditions under which dogs may be kept outside,” Associate Justice Barbara Lenk wrote.

She cited precedents from California, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Montana and Vermont.

Read more: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202650859185/Court-OKs-Warrantless-Animal-Rescue-When-%27Appropriate%27#ixzz2ysbIO11I

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Uber Details Updated Insurance Policy For Passengers And Drivers | Ubergizmo

Since a tragic incident in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, there has been much talk about Uber‘s insurance policy. It has made a few changes and described the updated policy in detail on its official blog. Drivers and passengers are now insured when the Uber mobile app is turned on during a ride, coverage of up to $100,000 is offered for bodily injuries, with $50,000 maximum per person.

 
 

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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm – NYTimes.com

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Most attorney-client conversations do not get special protections under American law from N.S.A. eavesdropping. Amid growing concerns about surveillance and hacking, the American Bar Association in 2012 revised its ethics rules to explicitly require lawyers to “make reasonable efforts” to protect confidential information from unauthorized disclosure to outsiders.

Last year, the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, rebuffed a legal challengeto a 2008 law allowing warrantless wiretapping that was brought in part by lawyers with foreign clients they believed were likely targets of N.S.A. monitoring. The lawyers contended that the law raised risks that required them to take costly measures, like traveling overseas to meet clients, to protect sensitive communications. But the Supreme Court dismissed their fears as “speculative.”

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Joint Landowners file suit to end fracking delay | WBNG-TV:Binghamton, New York

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York filed a lawsuit in an effort to force a decision on allowing natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing.

The Article 78 Petition asks the State Supreme Court to compel the Department of Environmental Conservation to finalize the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement or SGEIS.

Joint Coalition et.al vs. Cuomo et.al-Petition

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JURIST – Paper Chase: NYC police unions continue to pursue stop and frisk appeal

[JURIST] On Friday, a group of police unions filed a motion to block Mayor Bill de Blasio’s[official website] proposed settlement and removal of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s[BBC profile] appeal of the stop and frisk policy. The motion was filed [AP report] in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] in response to de Blasio’s recent decision to drop the city’s appeal. Police Commissioner William Bratton supported [AP report] de Blasio’s decision to drop the appeal.

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Alleged Silk Road kingpin slapped with indictment in NY • The Register

US v. Ross Ulbricht Indictment by Ars Technica

 

 

The man thought to be behind the Silk Road drug bazaar has been indicted in a New York district court, and charged with narcotics conspiracy, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprises, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering conspiracy.

The charges against Ross William Ulbricht were announced by Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement on Tuesday.

 

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Public Alert: Scam Emails About Phony Court Cases Carry Computer Virus | United States Courts

The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses.

 

According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened,  a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient’s computer. Several state courts have reported similar schemes, and also are warning the public about potential viruses.

 

Unless you are actively involved in a case in federal court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, you generally will not be served with court documents electronically.

 

If you receive an email regarding a federal court case or matter of which you are unaware, you should contact the federal court in your jurisdiction before opening any attachments or links. Use the court locator to find your court’s contact information.

 

 

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U.S. court allows more phone snooping – Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the authority of U.S. intelligence agencies to collect data on millions of Americans’ telephone calls in a program that has set off a legal battle over privacy rights.

The court allowed the intelligence community to collect metadata from phone companies, the Office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a news release.

The release offered almost no details about the ruling, but a U.S. official said the authority was renewed for three months, and that it applied to the entire metadata collection program.

Read entire Yahoo! report here.  There is no publicly available decision from the secret FISA Court.

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