The Obama administration is defending on Thursday an apparent secret court order that allows it access to the basic phone call information of many Americans, in an issue that raises important constitutional questions about the scope of government surveillance of private citizens.
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Actress Angelina Jolie isn’t directly a part of a big Supreme Court decision arriving in the next two weeks, but her genetics will play a part in publicity about a patent case with wide-ranging implications.
Contributor Amy Feldman looks at the long-term implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow police to take DNA samples from suspects.
Jeffrey Rosen, the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, explains how Justice Antonin Scalia was at his finest in criticizing the court over its approval of DNA swabs.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called for a special election in October to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, averting a potential legal issue over his state’s election laws.