Category: Tracey Maclin

Fighting transgender politics

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

A Cambridge transgender woman, outraged that convicted wife killer Michelle Kosilek could receive a free gender reassignment operation that health insurers refuse to cover for law-abiding citizens, has filed suit demanding the same right to tax-funded surgery — a move critics say could mark the beginning of a dramatic, costly shift in entitlements under the controversial federal court ruling…

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“It certainly provides support for their legal position. As long as it’s on the books and until the precedent is overturned, it’s the law.”

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6th Circuit judge retired amid probe of travel expenses; allegations referred to DOJ

January 21st, 2014 in 2014, ABA Journal, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

A federal appeals judge announced his retirement this summer as an ethics committee was investigating his travel expenses, a federal panel on judicial conduct has revealed…

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“The judge has always been honest, straightforward and a person of utmost integrity.”

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Would James Madison Have Agreed With Edward Snowden?

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Law, Slate.com, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon criticized the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program on Monday in a lengthy ruling, declaring it “almost Orwellian” and “likely unconstitutional.” …

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Madison, Aghast?

December 17th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

“Aghast” is the word that a United States district judge uses to describe how the author of the Constitution, James Madison, would react to the collection of metadata by the National Security Agency…

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Subcontracting The Fourth Amendment

June 10th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

BU Today has an intriguing interview today with Tracey Maclin, a professor at the Boston University School Of Law and a Fourth Amendment scholar…

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Police Can Now Take Your DNA After Any Arrest

June 4th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Law, Smithsonian, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

The Supreme Court has ruled that police can take DNA samples from anybody under arrest for any crimes, regardless of whether DNA is relevant to their arrest…

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Supreme Court Rules DNA Can Be Taken After Arrest

June 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime, and see if the DNA matches any samples from unsolved crimes in a national database…

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“This is not just searching somebody’s purse or knapsack who’s been placed under arrest — or even searching their car. We’re searching their person in a situation where we don’t have any basis for the search other than the fact that the guy’s been arrested.”

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Lawmakers eye regulating domestic surveillance drones

May 19th, 2013 in 2013, FoxNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

Amid growing concern over the use of drones by police and government officials for surveillance, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to limit the use of unmanned surveillance “eyes in the sky” aircraft…

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“Past court rulings were premised on naked-eye observations — simple visual observations from a public place.”

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Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones

May 18th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

The growing use of unmanned surveillance ‘‘eyes in the sky’’ aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it…

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Congress seeks to regulate drone use, looks for bipartisan ground

May 17th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, School of Law, Tracey Maclin, Washington Times 0 comments

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Tracey Maclin, School of Law

States already have begun to tackle the sticky issue of drones and their effect on personal privacy…

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“Because of the technology now available, comparing a drone to a traditional aircraft such as a plane or helicopter is like comparing a frisk from a police officer to a modern X-ray machine.”

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