January 2017

American Cities Combat the Surveillance State: Municipal Ordinances Lay Out Strict Rules Governing the Use of Surveillance Gear

Written by: Zach Evans Research & Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy Oakland, California is the latest of American cities to work towards passing a new ordinance constricting the use of surveillance technology.[1] Earlier this month, the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission passed its “Surveillance and Community Safety Ordinance,” leaving the…



Failure to Submit to Blood Test in DUI No Longer Criminal: Supreme Court Strikes Down Implied Consent Statutes in Birchfield v. North Dakota

Written By: Darcy Townsend Senior Associate Editor, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy Driving is an American privilege that we exercise by agreeing to abide by the laws governing road safety. Every state has implied consent statutes designed to penalize motorists who refuse to submit to Breathalyzer or blood testing when…