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Cell Phones: “An Important Feature of Human Anatomy.” Are They Protected?

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled on the cases Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie. The Court decided that fourth amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure require police officers to obtain a warrant before searching the personal cell phone of their arrestee. This decision is significant as a triumph for…

Money in American Politics

A New Campaign Finance Case — McCutcheon v. FEC

A new campaign finance case is at the Supreme Court this term which, for some, harkens back to the Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010. However, there are some very important distinctions between this case, which involves aggregate campaign contribution limits for individuals, and Citizens United, which dealt with limits on independent expenditures of corporations, associations or…

Like Throwing Away Your Umbrella in a Rainstorm: The End of Section 4 and the Future of the Voting Rights Act

After months of research and writing, I have finally finished my first undergraduate law journal article! In this paper I discuss the history of the 14th and 15th Amendments, voter discrimination, and the Voting Rights Act. I also analyze the recent 2013 Supreme Court decision that struck down the Act’s coverage formula which enabled it…