Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jurisprudence from the Far Side

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes news that only a talking cow in horn-rimmed glasses would find normal:

Privacy law experts say that the warrant is based on an unusually broad definition of probable cause that could set a troubling precedent.

“This kind of warrant is cause for concern because it’s closer to these dragnet searches that the Fourth Amendment is designed to prevent,” said William McGeveran, a law professor at the University of Minnesota.

Issued by Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson in early February, the warrant pertains to anyone who searched variations of the resident’s name on Google from Dec. 1 through Jan. 7.

But seriously, folks -- this is hardly the time for state judges to follow the example of their lawless federal counterparts.

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