Government

Cryptocurrency Regulations a Work in Progress for U.S. Government

U.S. Cryptocurrency Regulations a Work in Progress

The rapid growth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in recent years has posed some important regulatory questions. Price volatility, along with large amounts of investor funds being poured into cryptocurrencies, have raised concerns about fraud, pump-and-dump schemes, money laundering and other illegal activities. Policymakers around the world are taking steps to protect investors while at…

New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

Sidestepping Legislature, New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

Parolees with felony convictions will soon gain the right to vote under a controversial executive order signed earlier this month by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D). Beginning May 1, New York’s 35,000 felony parolees will become eligible to obtain a limited type of gubernatorial pardon that restores their right to vote but keeps…

What Happens When the Supreme Court Gets the Facts Wrong?

For every ruling made by the U.S. Supreme Court, some will think the justices made the wrong decision. But a recent report shows that the court also gets the facts wrong in an alarming number of cases. ProPublica, a nonprofit organization that produces investigative journalism, examined a sample of Supreme Court cases from 2011 to…

Interpretation of Equal Pay Act

Appellate Court Issues Groundbreaking Interpretation of Equal Pay Act

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Equal Pay Act (EPA) prohibits an employer from paying a female employee less at their new position based on their salary at a prior job. The ruling came in a lawsuit by Aileen Rizo who sued the Fresno County Office of Education over her…

Attempting to Trim Backlog, Department of Justice Establishes Case Disposition Quotas for Immigration Judges

The Department of Justice, anxious to eliminate a backlog of unresolved deportation cases, recently decided to impose case-handling quotas on immigration judges. According to new job performance guidelines released March 30, immigration judges will now be required to decide at least 700 cases annually. Another performance guideline declares that these judges’ rulings cannot be overturned…

Can We Stop The Spread of Propaganda Online?

As details continue to emerge about how foreign powers use social media to manipulate voters, governments are trying to fight back. But whether governments can effectively regulate content on Facebook and Twitter is still an open question. In the United States, First Amendment law has not yet caught up to the challenges of quickly evolving…

Magistrate’s Ruling Eases Burden for Officials Seeking Forced Disclosure of Encryption Passwords

 

One of the more interesting legal questions raised by digital technologies is this: Can the government compel a person to divulge the password to an encrypted computer without violating the Constitution’s protection against compelled self-incrimination? The question, which rarely arose a decade ago, is appearing with increasing frequency as full disk encryption becomes the default…

Gerrymandered Map Replaced, Federal Judges Dismiss Republican Challenge

Pennsylvania’s Gerrymandered Map Replaced, Federal Judges Dismiss Republican Challenge

In lieu of the new Pennsylvania congressional district map, there has been tension from Republicans as they have fought to stop it. Both the federal District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Republican requests of blocking the map. Twelve Republican Pennsylvania lawmakers filed legislation on March 20 to impeach the Democratic state Supreme Court…