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Maine's highest court issued an important decision today on the Fourth Amendment rights of motorists.  I co-wrote an amicus curiae brief to the Law Court, along with Walt McKee of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently issued an important decision on the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.  In this case, the issue was the right to medical care for prisoners with life-threatening illnesses.  When the State takes control of a person's life in order to punish them, it also takes on a responsibility to treat them humanely.  

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The Supreme Court has gone home for the summer.  Some of the Justices will be hitting the lecture circuit, while others will be hitting the road.  I try to read all of the Court's decisions that touch on civil liberties and civil rights, but I have not gotten through them all yet.

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That is the standard for the Eighth Amendment's protection--the Constitution protects inmates in prisons and jails from "deliberate indifference to a serious medical need."  There are few medical needs more serious than drug addiction, but unfortunately very few prisons and jails do enough to provide tools to inmates to help treat and overcome addiction.  In a well-researched article in today' New York Times, Katie Zezima and Abby Goodnough discuss one o
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As Alex Abdo, noted on the ACLU Blog of Rights last week, the latest documents concerning the government's suspcionless surveillance program were shocking in their frankness.  In particular, the FBI acknowledged why the government doesn't want the public to know about this surveillance--people would get mad at their phone companies for turning
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Isn't Maine considering one of these unconstitutional racial profiling-promoting bills next week? Hmmm, that gives me an idea.

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