SCOTUS news was dominated this week by the oral arguments United States v. Jones, No. 10-1259. In that case, the Court must decide whether law enforcement can conduct GPS monitoring sans warrant without violating the Fourth Amendment’s prescription of unreasonable searches and seizures.
A lot was written about the oral arguments, but here are the best of the week. For mainstream media coverage, you can check out Adam Liptak’s New York Times article on Jones, which he said was “studded with references to George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and the possibility that rapid advances in technology would soon allow the government to monitor everyone’s movements.” Joan Biskupic of the USA Today and David Savage of the LA Times also had coverage.
Mike Sacks at the Huffington Post had this insight: “The justices appear poised to go big or go home when it comes to protecting privacy rights against digital intrusion.” Over at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick had her characteristically fresh take on the arguments. She said: