WoD – It’s a Brave(?) New World

Happy Rosh everyone!  (It wouldn’t be all that yiddishy without a WoD on the new year, now would it…)

Ripped from the headlines – saw this one this morning:

US Judge rules school violated First Amendment by demanding Facebook password from 12-year-old girl

September 14, 2012

On September 6, US Judge Michael Davis ruled that the Minnewaska Area School District in Minnesota violated the First Amendment (freedom of speech) and Fourth Amendment (unreasonable search and seizure) rights of a 12-year-old student by forcing her to hand over her Facebook password to school officials who in turn used it to search for messages they deemed inappropriate.  If the alleged facts are proven to be true, the school will likely have to write a settlement check, and will also be subject to claims of invasion of privacy (claims for “intentional inflection of emotional distress” were dismissed by the judge). Read the full story at The Next Web.

TWO constitutional rights, violated!  I am just glad I don’t have to rule on it or figure it out — from a Con Law perspective, this one is hard!  Imagine the Founding Fathers, drafting our amazing Constitution, trying to contemplate Facebook passwords of 12 year-olds.  What a conundrum…



A naive person, a goof

I felt like such a shmoe, trying to pay with cash in the credit card only line.


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