2017 Bitcoin Case Law Update

2017 Bitcoin Case Law Update

Around this time last year there was a fair bit of noise as to whether Bitcoin is legal money or not, spurred on by Florida v. Espinoza, in Miami, Florida. This pithy line struck a chord with many: The court is not an expert in economics; however, it is very clear,...
What is Unconstitutional Animus?

What is Unconstitutional Animus?

Today the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Besides the decision, what was of particular interest to me was the reasoning behind the decision – unconstitutional animus. I would...

Your Laptop is NOT Private or Secure at US Customs

  The Ninth Circuit has held that it is the right of the United States government to seize a digital device at a border crossing*, transport it to a secondary location, and retain the data from the device indefinitely until it can be accessed. It has been true for...