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Family of slain wrestler loses privacy appeal over nude picturesupdated: Wed May 02 2012 16:14:00

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a lawsuit against Hustler magazine brought by the family of a slain professional wrestling personality, a case testing privacy concerns and the competing right to publish "newsworthy" material.

Justices debate what damages are due for privacy violationupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 16:20:00

The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a familiar, if elusive, foe -- legislative intent -- when considering whether a California man should be compensated after the government violated his privacy by disclosing his personal medical history.

Government challenged on Twitter records accessupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 21:51:00

Two civil liberties groups have squared off against the government as investigators probing the WikiLeaks scandal seek to gain access to Twitter records.

What's in a word: Does 'personal privacy' extend to corporations?updated: Wed Jan 19 2011 14:54:00

The interpretation of complex legal verbiage is the Supreme Court's bailiwick, but sometimes the outcome of a case falls upon the meaning of single word. The magic word in an appeal argued Wednesday was "personal," and whether it extends beyond humans to "artificial" entities like corporations.

Mediation ordered in SeaWorld death video caseupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 08:27:00

A judge ordered mediation Thursday for all parties wanting access to videos showing the death of a SeaWorld trainer, court documents say.

Gays have right to privacy, tooupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 10:55:00

Tuesday was the first day same-sex weddings could be performed in the District of Columbia.

DC's first same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 10:55:00

Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa Young become the first same-sex couple to marry in Washington, DC.

Justices: Slain wrestling star's family can sue Hustler over nude picsupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 12:48:00

The Supreme Court has decided that the family of a slain professional wrestling personality can continue its lawsuit against Hustler magazine, a case that tested privacy concerns and the competing right to publish "newsworthy" material.

Don't let security scanners erase our privacyupdated: Thu Dec 31 2009 08:02:00

After a failed Christmas Day terrorist plot on a U.S.-bound international flight, the airline passenger screening process has received heavy scrutiny from the government, the media and the public.

Senate panel delays vote on Sotomayor nominationupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:26:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its confirmation vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor by one week, acceding to GOP demands for more time to examine the U.S. Supreme Court nominee's record.

Court won't rethink 'Mary Doe' abortion caseupdated: Tue Oct 10 2006 14:30:00

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from a Georgia woman seeking to reverse a 1973 Supreme Court ruling giving her the right to an abortion.

CNNMoney: Now, HP is a criminal caseupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 13:34:00

Former Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn faces criminal charges for her role in the company's controversial leak probe, but chief executive Mark Hurd has dodged legal action for now.

Does the Plame lawsuit have a chance?updated: Mon Jul 17 2006 17:16:00

Lots of legal experts greeted the Valerie Plame lawsuit against Vice President Cheney and White House senior officials Karl Rove and I. Lewis Libby with skepticism, largely because it will have to overcome an almost certain argument that Cheney and company are, as federal officials, immune to being sued for on-the-job behavior. But the argument to dismiss the lawsuit outright isn't so simple to make.

BellSouth, AT&T added to NSA lawsuitupdated: Tue May 16 2006 19:08:00

BellSouth and AT&T were added to a class-action lawsuit against Verizon Communications that alleges the companies illegally participated in a National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.

CNNMoney: Verizon denies giving out phone infoupdated: Tue May 16 2006 16:33:00

Verizon Communications Inc. denied earlier media reports that it entered into a contract with the National Security Agency, providing the government office with info about its customer phone calls.

CNNMoney: Verizon stock takes hit on $50 billion lawsuitupdated: Mon May 15 2006 10:56:00

A lawsuit is asking a federal court to order President Bush, the National Security Agency and Verizon to end a secret snooping program, and Verizon's stock took a hit on the news Monday.

White House steps up defense of domestic eavesdroppingupdated: Mon Jan 23 2006 09:30:00

President Bush and other officials Monday intensified their defense of a domestic surveillance program that supporters say protects against terrorism and critics say threatens civil liberties.

Judging Alitoupdated: Wed Jan 11 2006 16:48:00

Years ago, senators didn't even question presidential nominees to the Supreme Court. Now they do, of course, and Judge Samuel Alito may wish this week, as the questions flood over him, that he'd lived in that quieter time.

Administration defends NSA eavesdropping to Congressupdated: Fri Dec 23 2005 09:29:00

Justice Department lawyers have sent a letter to key congressional leaders providing legal arguments they say justify President Bush's decision to authorize the National Security Agency to intercept communications between people in the United States and potential terrorist contacts abroad.

Justices seem split over police search updated: Wed Nov 09 2005 08:57:00

A dispute between a husband and wife over a search of their home for illegal drugs left the Supreme Court equally at odds Tuesday in an important case over police powers.

More controversy over Miersupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 02:18:00

As the White House renewed its attempts to rally backing for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, her views -- or non-views -- on a key privacy case appeared to ignite more controversy.

Specter, White House at odds over Miers' viewsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 01:59:00

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Monday that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers told him in a private meeting that she believed the 1965 case of Griswold vs. Connecticut -- a landmark ruling establishing the right to privacy -- was "rightly decided."

White House renews push on Miersupdated: Mon Oct 17 2005 14:45:00

The White House began a renewed attempt Monday to rally backing for Harriet Miers, whose nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to attract widespread support from any part of the political spectrum.

Roberts reveals views on legal questionsupdated: Wed Sep 14 2005 10:06:00

Judge John Roberts, President Bush's pick to succeed William Rehnquist as the nation's chief justice, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearings Wednesday. Read below for some of the questions posed to the nominee in the hearings so far and his responses on the legal issues of the day.

Roberts fields senators' queries for second dayupdated: Tue Sep 13 2005 08:38:00

Chief justice nominee John Roberts faced friendly questioning early Wednesday but was expected to endure more intense probing as Senate confirmation hearings continued for a third day.

I come with 'no agenda,' Roberts tells hearingupdated: Mon Sep 12 2005 11:43:00

Chief justice nominee John Roberts on Monday promised to approach the law with "a certain humility" and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he has "no agenda" on the bench.

5 things you need to know about Robertsupdated: Mon Aug 29 2005 16:52:00

He's going to be on the Supreme Court for life. So what kind of justice will he be?

Court denies Limbaugh's appealupdated: Thu Apr 28 2005 16:14:00

The Florida Supreme Court has turned down conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's request to review a lower court decision that the state could seize his medical records.

Congress' decision to subpoena former baseball players to testifyupdated: Thu Mar 17 2005 16:18:00

If you are -- as I am -- a devotee of sports talk radio, then you have been bombarded this week with criticism of Congress' decision to subpoena a number of current and former baseball players to testify about steroid use. Only discussion of the NCAA basketball championships has vied for prominence with the steroid subpoena story.

Attorney: Frey bolsters case for prosecutionupdated: Wed Aug 11 2004 10:37:00

Amber Frey, who is testifying this week in the double murder trial of Scott Peterson, has painted a picture of her former lover as a deceptive and charming seducer.

Law keeping brain-damaged woman alive struck downupdated: Thu May 06 2004 12:38:00

A Pinellas County Circuit Court judge has dealt Florida Gov. Jeb Bush a first-round defeat by ruling that a law specifically intended to save the life of a brain-damaged woman is unconstitutional and a violation of the right to privacy.

An interesting perspective on privacy rightsupdated: Wed Mar 31 2004 15:49:00

In connection with his defense of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (or PBABA), Attorney General John Ashcroft recently sought to procure the medical records of 45 patients at a Chicago, Illinois, hospital. He contended that because he sought the records without patient identification, privacy concerns were not implicated.

Limbaugh challenges seizure of medical recordsupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 19:19:00

Rush Limbaugh's attorney filed a reply Thursday in the Florida 4th District Court of Appeal saying prosecutors failed to comply with a state statute in seizing his medical records.

Limbaugh lawyer denies any talk of plea dealupdated: Sun Jan 25 2004 20:26:00

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh's lawyer said Monday there was never any offer by his client to make a plea deal with the state attorney's office investigating Limbaugh on charges of "doctor shopping."

Limbaugh's offer of plea deal rejectedupdated: Fri Jan 23 2004 12:37:00

Prosecutors rejected a plea deal offer from Rush Limbaugh's lawyers, who proposed that the radio talk show host enter a treatment program for drug offenders to avoid criminal conviction.

Fortune: 4 The End of Privacyupdated: Mon Mar 19 2001 00:01:00

A man in Memphis secretly installed a spyware program called Spector on his 13-year-old stepdaughter's personal computer last fall and discovered, by reading her private e-mail, that she was having...



Fortune: Big Applesauce, the Supreme Court gets an editor, sinful moments in tax policy, and other matters. FLUNKING HARRYupdated: Mon Aug 27 1990 00:01:00

With the country now poised for hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, and for boundless recrimination over the law of abortion, we propose to indulge in a little fantasy previously not allowed out o...

Fortune: A New Hat at Harvard, The Emerging Case Against Coffee, Private Baloney, and Other Matters. Secrets of Trashupdated: Mon Jun 20 1988 00:01:00

The privacy team lost on points in the Supreme Court the other day, but the uproar over the case--California v. Greenwood et al.--left us still gloomily thinking that people talking up privacy stil...

Fortune: Adam Smith on Smoking, Whizzer White on Drinking, Liberals on Feeling Good, and Other Matters. Sacred Bodiesupdated: Mon May 23 1988 00:01:00

Smokers' rights are collapsing everywhere (see above), but drunks and druggies possibly have more rights than is desirable. In employment situations, alcoholics have often been protected by the not...

Fortune: MONEY LAUNDERING--MORE SHOCKS AHEAD Banks are just the beginning. Federal strike forces are also looking into brokerage houses, updated: Mon Apr 01 1985 00:01:00

EVEN BOSTON'S CAB DRIVERS, normally a shockproof bunch, are scandalized: they can tell you every detail of the troubles at the Bank of Boston, one of Beantown's oldest--and, until lately, most vene...

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