SCOTUS Says “Community Caretaking Function” Not an Exception to Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement

In 1973, the US Supreme decided a case called Cady v. Dombrowski, 413 US 433 (Supreme Court 1973). In Cady, an off-duty Chicago policeman, Chester J. Dombrowski, was arrested by local Wisconsin police on a charge of drunk driving following a one-car accident in which Dombrowski injured himself and damaged his rented 1967 Thunderbird. The… Read More

Why Legal Definitions Matter: Van Buren Narrows Definition of Computer Fraud Crime

When enacted by Congress back in the 1980s, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) was intended to prevent hacking of government computers, computer fraud and other forms of cybercrime. Around that time, there was a popular Hollywood movie released called War Games. In the movie, cyber hackers gained access to government computers that controlled… Read More