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Mona Shen 4B Due September 20th, 2010 Current Event Title of article: “Drug List Appeal Is Again Rejected” Date of article: September 13 th , 2010 Source: nytimes.com Summary This article describes the outcome of a recent case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9-2 outcome ruled federal prosecutors could not keep their illegally seized drug testing information. The information reveals more than 100 baseball players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. The federal prosecutors seemed to use a previous ruling concerning computer evidence as an argument towards keeping the test results. However, this Court of Appeal, as with other lowers courts, rejected the ruling on the case concerning computer evidence. Relation to Government This article summarizes a case from one of the Circuit Court of Appeals, which is one of the rungs in the judicial pyramid of U.S. government. At the top is obviously the Supreme Court, and below it are the special courts. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals covers appealed cases in the
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Unformatted text preview: Western part of the United States. This court has appellate jurisdiction, therefore, the drug testing case was previously tried under original jurisdiction, in a lower court. This lower court could have been either a state or local court. The article also mentioned previous rulings from lower courts, or precedents. However, it seems these courts have rejected a precedent from a computer evidence case. This leads one to believe some judges were practicing judicial activism, or interpreting laws in a broad manner. Overall, this article was a good application of the judicial topics learned in class. Your Views I chose this article because I remember watching the news about a steroid scandal in baseball. I am indecisive about my position within this case since I do not know how or why the officials Mona Shen 4B Due September 20th, 2010 “illegally” seized the drug testing information. I believe that if the evidence was seized illegally, it should not be used in court....
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