We saw a bill in Oregon that focused on digital privacy and wondered, in light of the Snowden revelations, whether it was happening elsewhere. It was, and it also provided a rarity in American politics: Compromise.
Police officers in a traffic stop will usually ask you this, among several questions: "Is there anything in the vehicle that we should be concerned about?" Depending on whether you're in or out of handcuffs, that moment right there is the beginning of an interrogation, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, and if without a Miranda warning, evidence discovered after it could be inadmissible.
In the Pacific Northwest, "The Family," a loose assembly of animal-rights and environmental activists is remembered for the fires they set and the questions they raised. On Monday, one of their last remaining members, on the run for half a decade, was sentenced to prison.
Setting off alarm bells in the mind of an experienced police officer is not enough reason to compel a search, and it certainly isn't a good enough reason to arrest someone, the Oregon Court of Appeals said in a ruling Thursday.
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