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Electronic information is ubiquitous and is, unsurprisingly, an increasingly common feature in criminal investigations and proceedings. While law enforcement at both the federal and state levels must search for and make use of such information to investigate and prosecute crimes government investigations must be consistent with the Fourth Amendment and its state equivalents. The United States Supreme Court has had several opportunities to opine on the applicability of the Fourth Amendment to electronic information. This luncheon presentation will explore what the Supreme Court has done and what issues it might be presented with in the near future.
Electronic Information in Criminal Investigations and Actions
Ron Hedges is a member of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Ron was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.
Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. Ron was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.