Category Archives: Subpoenas / Nat’l Security Letters

The Libertarian Republic: Congress Set To Limit Judge-Less Subpoenas At Heart Of Privacy Debate

The Libertarian Republic: Congress Set To Limit Judge-Less Subpoenas At Heart Of Privacy Debate by Mark Tapscott A measure protecting Internet Service Providers against judge-less subpoenas issued by federal bureaucrats has 305 congressional co-sponsors and seems headed toward passage. The … Continue reading

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WI: John Doe campaign finance investigation special prosecutor invalidly appointed; all materials gathered by SW and subpoena must be destroyed

In the Wisconsin campaign finance John Doe investigation with a special prosecutor, the state Supreme Court concludes that the appointment of the special prosecutor was statutorily invalid, and the materials gathered by search warrant and subpoena will ultimately have to … Continue reading

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NY Times: Scope of National Security Inquiry Is Revealed

NY Times: Scope of National Security Inquiry Is Revealed by Colin Moynihan and Charlie Savage: After a decade of court battles, the Internet entrepreneur who filed the first legal challenge to a type of secret administrative order known as a … Continue reading

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WaPo: Battling the modern American administrative state

WaPo: Battling the modern American administrative state by George Will: As the administrative state distorts the United States’ constitutional architecture, Clarence Thomas becomes America’s indispensable constitutionalist. Now in his 25th year on the Supreme Court, he is urging the judicial … Continue reading

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WaPo: Here’s a way the government can easily get your phone records without asking a judge

WaPo: Here’s a way the government can easily get your phone records without asking a judge by Jerry Markon: Administrative subpoenas are increasingly common, hard to fight and, some say, overly intrusive.

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Washington Examiner: Administrative subpoenas: Relics of the Star Chamber

Washington Examiner: Administrative subpoenas: Relics of the Star Chamber by Mark J. Fitzgibbons: The Drug Enforcement Administration is involved in a lawsuit for targeting medical records using judge-less warrants called “administrative subpoenas.” The quantity of DEA administrative subpoenas issued unilaterally, … Continue reading

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UT: While bank records are constitutionally private, once properly disclosed in an investigation, privacy is gone

Bank records of a nonprofit allegedly funneling money to candidates for office were subpoenaed by the state, but no prosecution was brought. Then a public records request was filed for the bank records. There was no overriding privacy interest in … Continue reading

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MO: State investigative subpoena for bank and insurance records didn’t violate Fourth Amendment or statute

Defendant was convicted of murdering her husband. The state collected bank and insurance records by investigative subpoena, and her Fourth Amendment rights were not violated by lack of notice to her, seizure of the records, or failure to have an … Continue reading

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American Thinker: Feds Get the Power to Seize Medical Records on ‘Fishing Expedition’ Investigations with No Subpoena from a Judge

American Thinker: Feds Get the Power to Seize Medical Records on ‘Fishing Expedition’ Investigations with No Subpoena from a Judge by Mark J. Fitzgibbons:

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D.Minn.: Violation of state law in admin subpoena for ISP information of no consequence in federal prosecution

Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in his third party information with his internet service provider, so the validity of the administrative subpoena isn’t an issue under circuit precedent. The fact that state law was used by state investigators … Continue reading

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TX1: A subpoena may be used to obtain blood test results obtained for medical purposes even though used in a DWI case

The state may obtain defendant’s blood draw for medical purposes by subpoena. Ferguson v. City of Charleston does not create a reasonable expectation of privacy from a subpoena, a form of legal process, for obtaining the results. Rodriguez v. State, … Continue reading

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SCOTUS decides City of Los Angeles v. Patel: A hotel has a Fourth Amendment right to precompliance review of records production; a hotel is not a closely regulated industry

City of Los Angeles v. Patel, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 4065 (June 22, 2015) (5-4). [News links at end.] Syllabus: Petitioner, the city of Los Angeles (City), requires hotel operators to record and keep specific information about their guests on the … Continue reading

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