Congress Set Out To Expand ‘The Most Outrageous Criminal Law You’ve Never Heard Of’

The House Judiciary Committee is set to present Congress with a new draft of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 next month, offering up a slew of expansions to a set of laws already derided by freedom watchers for its sweeping powers — and punishments — over nebulous computer “crimes” with arbitrary definitions.

SCOTUS Hesitant On Nixing Prop 8, Cyprus Thugs Ready To Impose State Control, Gorbachev Says Putin Has ‘Destroyed’ Progress, Gun Rights Supporter Flips Jim Carrey Autograph To Buy Handgun: Wednesday Morning News Roundup 3-27-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

SCOTUS Rules Cops Can’t Just Show Up With A Dog And No Warrant

A majority opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court this week frustrated the State of Florida (as well as the Federal government and 26 other States) by ruling that police who bring a sniff dog onto a homeowner’s property and turn up evidence related to the dog’s signaling are conducting a “search” as defined by the 4th Amendment.

That means cops can’t suspect you of growing marijuana in a house, turn up casually at your front door with a dog — you know, just to ask a few questions — and thereafter develop probable cause to search the house, as the dog sniffs around at the front door and begins indicating there’s something illegal inside.