Workplace Privacy: The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday a city audit of an employee's text messages on a city-owned device was a reasonable search under the Fourth Amendment, The National Law Journal reports.
NLRB Shakedown: The National Labor Relations Board, plagued by vacancies, didn't have authority to issue nearly 600 decisions in the last two years, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The National Law Journal reports the high court in a 5-4 vote shot down the NLRB's effort to continue functioning with only two members.
No Regrets: Dawn Johnsen got a standing ovation last night at the annual convention of the American Constitution Society. The BLT has the story here. In April, Johnsen withdrew her nomination to run the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.
Shot and Killed: A five-member firing squad executed a Utah state prisoner this morning, shooting a target on the man's chest, The New York Times reports. Ronnie Lee Gardner spent almost 25 years on death row for killing an attorney, Michael Burdell, during a botched escape from a courthouse. A person convicted before 2004 in Utah, when the state legislature banned firing squads, has an option between a shooting death or legal injection.