Category Archives: Insights

Whose House is it Anyway? Police Technology and Fourth Amendment Privacy

ANDREW DE LA OSA—Ever since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Carpenter v. United States courts continually wrestle with the issue of emerging technology and the increased capabilities that it provides to police departments, often at the expense of the common citizen’s privacy. The Fourth Amendment analysis for whether police conduct constitutes a “search” under the constitution’s […]

Unpacking Elon Musk’s Latest Legal Victory: The Impact of Musk’s Victory in a Jury Trial Over His 2018 “Funding Secured”

COREY KRAFTSOW—A California jury recently acquitted Elon Musk and Tesla in a civil trial concerning tweets Musk posted in 2018. The billionaire Tesla founder and serial entrepreneur tweeted “funding secured,” implying that he had secured financing from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to take Tesla private at a price of $420 per share. In other words, Musk hinted […]

The Downside to True Crime: How Current Laws Fail to Protect Victims and Their Families

CAITLIN MCNULTY—True crime has dominated the entertainment industry for the past decade, primarily through documentaries, docuseries, and podcasts diving deep into the details of some of the most infamous crimes to date. Last year, Netflix’s ten-episode series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story gained 496 million hours watched within two weeks and now reigns as the second-most popular Netflix […]

Are You Threatening Me? Counterman v. Colorado May Give Us a New Test to Find Out.

JEREMY CONNELL—First Amendment protection of speech has limits, but those limits are not always well-defined. The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments on Counterman v. Colorado, and the ruling may settle a question that currently divides both state and federal courts: What is necessary for speech to constitute a “true threat”? Counterman concerns a series of Facebook messages […]

Conflicts of Interest in the Idaho Murders

GRACE SLICKLEN—On November 13, 2022, University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, were brutally murdered in an off-campus house that drew crime-solving efforts to the shaken small community. The horrific and shocking killings have had those on social media speculating about the who, the how, and the why. Even with a suspect in […]