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Federal judge blocks key parts of Texas sanctuary cities bill

August 31, 2017 By NCC Staff

A federal judge on Wednesday put a temporary halt to key provisions in a proposed Texas state law that would allow for fines and jail time for local officials who didn’t enforce state-mandated immigration-related policies.

In cross-border shooting case, Supremes ask lower court to try again

June 26, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On Monday, the Supreme Court erased the Fifth Circuit’s ruling in Hernández v. Mesa and asked the court to reconsider in light of its own recent decision.

This week in Supreme Court history: A win for ‘stop and frisk’

June 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 10, 1968, the Court ruled that a police officer may stop and search a citizen on the street if the officer has "reasonable suspicion" that the citizen is armed or involved in a crime.

Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic statement on contraception and privacy

June 7, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.

Olmstead case was a watershed for Supreme Court

June 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 89th anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. United States wiretapping case decided by the Supreme Court, which had a far-reaching impact still felt today.

Video: Digital privacy in the 21st century

May 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Following a keynote address by National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, leading experts consider the future of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age.

Looking back at the Church Committee

January 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

On January 27, 1975, Senator Frank Church led a new Senate committee formed to investigate allegations of U.S. government spying on its own citizens. The committee’s report laid the groundwork for today’s controversy over NSA surveillance programs.

Podcast: The Fourth Amendment and civil liberties

October 27, 2016 By NCC Staff

Tracey Meares of Yale University and John Stinneford of the University of Florida explore how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach policing and privacy.

Webster Bivens’ story – an update after a half-century

October 12, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily’s Supreme Court correspondent, looks at the connection between two cases accepted by the Supreme Court on Tuesday and a landmark decision in 1971 about the right to sue federal officials.

Video: Privacy and security—What’s the right balance?

July 5, 2016 By NCC Staff

The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Wilhelm of Booz Allen Hamilton moderate a discussion at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival on the mounting tension between privacy and security.

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