Friday, February 5, 2016

Riley v. California Reflection

In the case of Riley v. California David Riley was arrested during a traffic stop which resulted in the police finding guns in his car. The police then took his phone and began searching messages, pictures, and other content. I believe this was a violation of his fourth amendment right because the police instantly looked throught his phone without getting a search warrant to verify their access to the phone. I understand that they found weapons in Riley's car, but it doesn't give the police the right to look through his phone without legal permission to do so. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Riley since what the police officer did was a violation of his fourth amendment right. I am 100% in favor with the decision the Supreme Court came down to because if I was in a similar situation like Riley where the police searched my phone I would want to win the case since it violated my constitutional rights.

Monday, January 25, 2016

NJ Cop Demoted for "Supporting" a Political Candidate

In the article Demoted NJ cop's First Ammendment case divides Supreme Court  a New Jersery cop was demoted from his job as a detective for backing a political candidate. Jeffrey (the cop) said it was all a misunderstaning because he was picking up a sign for his mother which contained the political candidate. I feel like Jeffrey shouldn't have been demoted of his job as a detective because he has the freedom to voice his opinion even if it was an enitire misunderstanding. Even though Jeffrey wasn't at all supporting the candidate who was against the towns mayor he should'nt be demoted and to me it is a violation of your first ammedment right of freedom of speech. It is not right for your boss to demote you of your position just because your supporting a person or cause.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Social Media Reflection

I just read an article speaking about how a school district hired an ex-FBI to monitor what there students post on social media, for example like Facebook and Twitter. I believe that it is right for officials to monitor what their students post on social media, but to an extent where they are not too invasive. From the article School System Hires Former FBI Agent to Probe Social Media there was a situation in one of the schools where a school official asked a student for passwords to social medias like Facebook. I believe that was to invasive for a school official to ask a student for their password also it is one thing for them just simply monitor, but it is too much for them ask for passwords. Besides being invasive there also a few pros of having an ex-FBI monitor the students media because the article stated that in the process of monitoring they were able to save the life of one the students who was at the time posting suicidal messages. These are the kinds of things schools should monitor and take action upon. Another thing was that the school district was able to prevent a grave peril that could've happened at their school because the district recevied a tip concering a threat upon the school. A student was found to have a knife and an 8-inch blade with them on the schools' campus. All this was due to them getting a notice on social media which in the end saved lives. I believe that schools should take action and be able to monitor what their students post to prevent any issues that could arise within the school, but the school officials shouldn't be invasive and force students to give them their passwords.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


If I were to make the laws there would be a somewhat drastic change to how it is right now. I beleive that everyone deserves to have free education which means that there college tution would be free. Becasue maybe the next invention or the cure for cancer is out there, but the person is being held back from going due to finacial cost this would give them the opportuniy to express what they know and make a difference. Another change would be to raise the taxes on cigarretes because everyone should know by now that there are a ton of health problems from continously smoking cigarretes. Hopefully with this it would lower purchasing of cigarretes and as well lower consumption of these harmful chemicals. Lastly, I believe that the rich should be taxed more than the middle class and lower class becasue some of the middle and lower class may be struggling finacial wise in this world while the rich are living a luxirious life. The three changes that I presented is what I believe should be changed.