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Police seizure of text messages violated 4th Amendment, judge rules

Police seizure of text messages violated 4th Amendment, judge rules | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
But legality of warrantless cell phone seizures is still unsettled nationwide.

Via August Pittius
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I think that the police had every right to look through her cell phone. They found all of the evidence they needed when they looked through the phone. I think it is ridiculous that anyone could do that to their child and then fight against the ruling. What do you think? 

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, March 15, 2013 3:21 PM
This is a very interesting situation. Although it was not the officer's legal right to look through the phone, I feel he partially was right to do it. He went to the apartment to find the cause of the boy's illness and it sounds like he did. The message said that the boy was punched in the stomach the hardest which could have led to his injury. In my opinion, it would be the equivalent of finding a bottle of poison in the parents' drawer. Child abuse is unacceptable and I hope the parents are prosecuted even after the evidence is erased.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 5:05 PM
Kaysee, you see this case with some great logic!
Austin Robertson's comment, April 29, 11:01 PM
I believe that this is very wrong and it does violate our fourth ammendment. As long as you are minding your own business the cops should have no reason to check your phone. I don't care how high up they are. Only time they should be able to check your phone is if your making threats.
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'Proxy marriages' via Skype used to gain US citizenship - BizPac Review

'Proxy marriages' via Skype used to gain US citizenship - BizPac Review | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
“ 'Proxy marriages' via Skype used to gain US citizenship BizPac Review What's the easiest way to become an American citizen? Marry an American. Online. Via Skype.”
Via Sergey Ruseev
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I think that this is crazy!! How is this legal?! I do not agree with this at all. What are your thoughts?
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Isaac Marolt's comment, March 24, 1:34 PM
It should be illegal to marry online. This is in no way moral.
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US Immigration Service set to introduce fingerprint checks

US Immigration Service set to introduce fingerprint checks | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
“ US immigration department will be introducing new measures designed to tackle identity fraud.”
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I think that this is great. This is something they should have done a long time ago. Identity theft has become very popular recently. This is just another way to hopefully stop some people in their tracks. What do you think?
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Social media research raises privacy and ethics issues

Social media research raises privacy and ethics issues | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
Every time you search online for the best restaurant deal, share good news or bad with your Facebook friends or tweet to your followers, your
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I think that this is a huge public policy issue. We should be able to go on the internet without fear that the world is going to see what we are doing. I think that this is a huge violation of our rights. What do you think? 

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Isaac Marolt's comment, March 13, 3:39 PM
I agree that this is a huge problem. We should have the belief that we have privacy of our internet uses. There isn't reason to record everything that is done over the internet. We have our rights!
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Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women

Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
A strict voter ID law being tested in Texas is having unexpected consequences. It requires the name on voters' official ID to match with the name on their voter ID card. That's causing problems for some women, whose names changed because of marriage or divorce.
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I think that this problem needs to get worked out. Look how long it took women to finally get the right to vote. It should not be taken away from them because of something so simple. Government officials should work to get this issue taken care of. What are your thoughts? 

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Ten Huge Issues Being Ignored In The Presidential Campaign

Ten Huge Issues Being Ignored In The Presidential Campaign | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
“ The media focus on political minutiae in the presidential campaign can often crowd out the substantive issues that the winner will have to deal with once taking office.”
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I think that these issues should be addressed in presidential campaigns. Just because they aren't the top issues of the time, doesn't mean they should be thrown out and forgotten about. What are your thoughts?
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Morris Plains man invokes 5th Amendment in lawsuit over alleged shooting of girlfriend

Morris Plains man invokes 5th Amendment in lawsuit over alleged shooting of girlfriend | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
The alleged shooting occurred in Lawless’ Morris Plains home and Lawless gave police two accounts of what happened, according to the suit

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This man is exercizing his 5th amendment rights.  He doesn't have to talk until he has an attorney present. Should he be able to change his story like that? What do you think?

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TimFelice's curator insight, January 23, 2013 8:29 PM

In this article a man in Morris Plains has a lawsuit over alleged shooting of his girlfriend. Brian Lawless, the man that is accused of killiing his girlfriend, invokes the 5th Amendment. He invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during pretrial questioning, according to court records. Lawless has refused to discuss the facts surrounding the shooting of Nicole Palmieri. So this man uses his 5th Amendment to make him able not to speak about what happen.

Isaac Marolt's comment, March 2, 9:26 PM
I believe he has the right to use his 5th amendment. It is clearly stated that a citizen doesn't have to take a stand at court.
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Do school uniform policies violate the First Amendment?

Do school uniform policies violate the First Amendment? | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
Lyle Denniston looks at the constitutional issues involved in a case where a public school is mandating the appearance of a logo on clothing worn by students.
The statement at issue:
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I think that school uniform policies are set in place to protect the students. Schools put these policies in place so that students don't wear things that could be potentially offensive or vulgar to other students or teachers. I don't think that uniform policies violate the First Amendment. What do you think?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 23, 10:33 AM
I would agree this would alleviate a lot of issues, especially at the middle school level.
Isaac Marolt's comment, February 24, 7:06 AM
I believe that schools have the right to enforce a school uniform policy. If you don't want to wear a uniform then you can always go to a different school. Most schools that require a uniform are private schools.
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San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules

San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.
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I agree with San Diego gun laws. I think that anyone should be able to carry a gun as long as they go through a training course and have a valid, logical reason why they need to carry the gun. What are your thoughts? 

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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it. Instead, they issued a mealy-mouth statement about their ability to come in like a ton of bricks if their priorities aren't met.
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I think that this plan is not  going to work. I also think that all in all legalizing marijuana is going to cost our government more money than they are going to make from its legalization. Now that its legalized in two states, the "rebels" that used to use marijuana will now move on to stronger and more dangerous drugs. What are your thoughts? 

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Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls

Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls

Via Skip Stein
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I think that this is an invasion of privacy. They should only be able to do this if they suspect something is goiIng on that could potentially harm you. 

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naknuts37's curator insight, May 8, 12:21 PM

In response to khedlu17:

This article talks about how the US government records all private telephone calls. When did the gov't start recording phone calls? How is this not violating the fourth amendment? 

Joe Smith's comment, May 12, 3:07 PM
The government should have a limit to how much they can monitor or phone calls. It' can help them in their work but sometimes it violates our privacy. It violates the 4th amendment
pdowds30's comment, May 15, 3:16 PM
This relates to government because it is the government. They are violating the fourth amendment and disrespecting every citizen on a personal level. It doesn't make sense to have a constitution if the people implementing it can't even follow it.
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Should the US Constitution be scrapped? It 'guarantees gridlock' and is full of holes, writer says - ABA Journal

Should the US Constitution be scrapped? It 'guarantees gridlock' and is full of holes, writer says - ABA Journal | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
It may be time to replace or at least amend the U.S. Constitution, despite its “224 years of commendable, often glorious service,” according to an online essay. National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald writes at the Atlantic that the recent government shutdown and “permanent-crisis governance” highlight the need to consider change. “The Constitution simply isn't cut out for 21st-century governance,” Seitz-Wald writes. “It's full of holes, only some of which have been patched; it guarantees gridlock; and it's virtually impossible to change.” Law professors such as Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas and Lawrence Lessig of Harvard have called for a constitutional convention, though they disagree over its reach, the story says. Lessig, for example, likes the idea of using the convention to draft a constitutional amendment promoting campaign reform. Levinson envisons a two-year effort to reform the Constitution, overseen by delegates…
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In my opinion, I think that the United States Constitution should not be replaced.  At the time the Constitution was written,  it was the best thing to ever happen to this country. It provided structure and order, and still does today. Without it, our country would be complete chaos. I think that our society and government need to rethink the choices they are making for this country. A lot of the views of our leaders have changed for the worse. They should focus more on the good of the people instead of their own personal gains. 

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Haylie Harveland's comment, February 5, 11:39 PM
I also agree with Mackenzie. I think the constitution shouldn't be changed and that it does in fact provide structure and support and holds the country united so everyone has a say in things besides the people trying to control our day to day lives.
Haylie Harveland's curator insight, February 5, 11:59 PM

I don't think they should redo the Constitution. The constitution is what we live our lives around. Its like a big rule book that tells us what we can do and what we cant do. If they don't like it they should work around it. Do you agree?

 

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Immigration reform to boost US economy: Senators

Immigration reform to boost US economy: Senators | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
“ Key authors of the comprehensive US immigration reform bill today reached out to the American businesses on their path-breaking legislative venture, saying that the bill addresses their concerns on skill shortage and would boost the country's...”
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I think that allowing more immigration wouldn't help us.. It would hurt us even more. There are many problems associated with immigration such as overcrowding, unsanitary living conditions and increased crime. What are your thoughts?
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Isaac Marolt's comment, March 24, 1:36 PM
More immigration would not help. We are already starting to get overpopulated.
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Battle for control of the internet heats up

Battle for control of the internet heats up | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
A US-led coalition has controlled internet policy for three decades, but moves are afoot for a new fightback arrangement in light of recent mass surveillance revelations, writes Sandy Plunkett.
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I think that this is a great idea. There should be more control of the internet and the things that people are allowed access to. what do you think?

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Isaac Marolt's comment, March 13, 3:37 PM
I don't think there should be more governor censorship of the internet. The internet is know for its free information. It also has both sides of many arguments. If it gets censored like China then we will not have a lot of options to see the full picture?
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 16, 3:08 PM
Many would argue that censorship can be best handled through education instead. If parents, community leaders, and teachers show children the appropriate way to use the internet we won't have to be so concerned about what is on the internet.
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Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues?

Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues? | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
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Is Voter Fraud a Real Problem?

Is Voter Fraud a Real Problem? | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
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I think that this is a real problem. American citizens should feel comfortable going to the polls to vote, knowing that there isn't going to be any issue with fraud. Everyone would like their voice to be heard and that could be difficult with voter fraud. What are your thoughts? 

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Isaac Marolt's comment, March 6, 3:35 PM
I think voter fraud is a problem. I don't wanna vote worrying about all my personal info getting leaked. I agree with Mackenzie.
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8th Amendment violation death penalty

8th Amendment violation death penalty | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it

Man faces cruel punishment violating his 8th Amendment rights. The 8th Amendment protects citizens from cruel or unfair punishment. This right was violated when the man was sentenced to the death penalty. 


Via James Coppa
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Personally, I don't think that the death penalty is a violation of the 8th Amendment. When a person is sentenced to the death penalty, it is quick and painless for the prisoner. Therefore, it is not cruel or unusual punishment. What do you think? 

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Lakin's comment, May 1, 3:45 PM
I believe that the government here is going against the 8th amendment because this man did commit a horrible crime, but he most likely had some mental problems. I think the government instead should send him to life in prison because it would be a more worse punishment and he would have to sit with his guilt.
Reed Klunder 's comment, May 2, 3:23 PM
I find this article interesting because this man killed a lot of people but he has a mental problem. It would be understandable if he was at a normal state of mind but he's not. If he has no idea what he's doing or any sense of right and wrong then he doesn't deserve that punishment. Depending on how bad his mental problem is, he should get help. Would a baby get the death penalty if it killed someone?
Brian Bertram's comment, May 3, 10:01 AM
I disagree with Matt, I think those who were arested because of being a serial killer or something else bad enough to get the death penalty should not be allowed to post bail. If they know they might get the death penalty, they might make a run for it. That way they would be free again.
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Police seizure of text messages violated 4th Amendment, judge rules

Police seizure of text messages violated 4th Amendment, judge rules | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
But legality of warrantless cell phone seizures is still unsettled nationwide.

Via August Pittius
Mackenzie Horn's insight:

I think that the police had every right to look through her cell phone. They found all of the evidence they needed when they looked through the phone. I think it is ridiculous that anyone could do that to their child and then fight against the ruling. What do you think? 

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, March 15, 2013 3:21 PM
This is a very interesting situation. Although it was not the officer's legal right to look through the phone, I feel he partially was right to do it. He went to the apartment to find the cause of the boy's illness and it sounds like he did. The message said that the boy was punched in the stomach the hardest which could have led to his injury. In my opinion, it would be the equivalent of finding a bottle of poison in the parents' drawer. Child abuse is unacceptable and I hope the parents are prosecuted even after the evidence is erased.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 5:05 PM
Kaysee, you see this case with some great logic!
Austin Robertson's comment, April 29, 11:01 PM
I believe that this is very wrong and it does violate our fourth ammendment. As long as you are minding your own business the cops should have no reason to check your phone. I don't care how high up they are. Only time they should be able to check your phone is if your making threats.
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Keep your guns, but take responsibility

Keep your guns, but take responsibility | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
Eric Liu says the typical gun debate pitting "gun rights" against "gun control" makes no sense
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I agree with this article. I think that we should be able to carry guns as long as we have taken a gun safety course and have all of the proper permits; which require a valid and specific reason to carry the gun. What do you think? 

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Daily Show: Don't Mess With Textbooks

The Texas school board doesn't think Oscar Romero is famous enough to be included in the curriculum.

 

This video clip comes from the American political satire news show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. First of all, if you have never watched this show here are 3 things to keep in mind, 1) It is intelligent and cleverly directed news that is intended to be comical. 2) It is biased towards left-leaning, or liberal ideas (not everyone agrees with the viewpoint of this show) and 3)I like this show, but I expect you to think, like, and believe what you want just be informed.

That being said this is a great clip that goes further into our discussion of textbooks, persepctive in history, and just whose story is told in history textbooks. This actually relates back to the countries debate over the rights of the states (antifederalism...modern Repbulicans) and the federal government (federalism...modern Democrats). The issue of education is caught in between, and as a result so are textbooks. This clip does a great job of describing where textbooks come from, why there and why we should care.

Questions to Ponder:

1) Why does Texas have  such a big role in textbook development?

2) What kind of people make decisions about what goes into textbooks? 

3) How does this process help/harm textbook creation?


Via Luke Walker
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I think that some great points are being brought up here. Should school funding be decided by state or federal governments? This is a problem that our elected government officials are still facing today. I think that each individual state should have the power to make that decision. Children in California learn at different rates as someone from Maine. Should they all have the same budget for schools? I don't think they should. What do you think? 

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Luke Walker's comment, October 15, 2012 9:56 PM
Something to consider regarding privatization of education. In some schools in America the textbook is the only reliable source of information for students. It's strange to think, but access to technology is not always a certainty. So what's the problem with this structure then? Well Reekee, you have a good point about the involvement of government in education decision making. States have the most power here, there has been a lot of debate and discussion about the role of the federal government in this and whether or not its feasible to have the federal government take a strong central role. So what are we left with? A relationship that exists between the private and public space. Textbooks are created by private companies, but the content that exists in them is approved by governing bodies. There are a lot of flaws in this arrangement. I do think that it is important to think about who these governing bodies are. Do 15 white people in Texas represent and know "what's best" for America? Also I should note that African American history is strictly a Philadelphia mandate, it is not state wide. Similar programs for multicultural education have sprung up elsewhere. Arizona had a Hispanic-American curriculum that has come unto fire recently given the political climate of Arizona.

It's important to come away from this issue with less critique and more thought on solutions and adjustments. America is a leading country in many respects, but it lags in public education. Can rethinking what we learn about, how we learn it, and the resources we use help? I certainly would hope so.

Why have students in Taiwan debate and discuss this issue? The world is becoming more global, it's better to think of yourself as a global citizen. One day you will deal with people your age in America with regard to our global society. Keep practicing skills of curiosity, informed discussion and debate in the meantime.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 10:00 AM
Great story! While attempting to keep control local and each state its own independent entity, it is tough not to attempt to mandate education policy!
Isaac Marolt's comment, February 18, 11:28 AM
I agree that each state should decide funding. Mandating education is going to become more and more of an issue in the future.
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School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas

School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it
A student has been banned from displaying the Confederate flag on his truck while on school grounds.
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I think that this student should have every right to fly the Confederate flag. As a free American, he should be allowed to fly it without fear of starting a fight at school. The United States Constitution grants every American the right to free speech, he is just expressing his beliefs. He didn't mean for it to represent slavery or racism, to him it just meant freedom with limited government. What do you think? 

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Freedom of speech? College student stopped from handing out copies of the Constitution

Freedom of speech? College student stopped from handing out copies of the Constitution | Gov & Law- Mackenzie Horn | Scoop.it

A college student from California is making waves this week after being told he couldn’t pass out copies of the United States Constitution on campus.


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I think that he should have been able to stay and pass them out. The constitution protects our freedom of speech so it's kindof ironic that he was told to stop. 

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