U.S. Department of Justice v. Jonas - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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U.S. Department of Justice v. Jonas (2019)

Category: Active Case    Privacy    The "War on Drugs"    

About this Case:
This is a "friend of the court" brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by the ACLU of RI, the National ACLU, the ACLUs of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, and the New Hampshire Medical Society. The brief is in support of New Hampshire’s resistance to an administrative subpoena it received from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking two years of information from the state’s prescription drug (PDMP) database about a patient.  The brief argues that law enforcement agents need a judicial warrant in order to obtain information from state PDMP databases.

Current Status:
Brief filed in May 2019.

Nathan Freed Wessler, Robert B. Mann

Related Documents
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  • Oct 09, 2019 - ACLU in Court Thursday, October 10, to Secure Warrant Protections for Private Health Information
  • May 29, 2019 - ACLU Brief Challenges Police Access to Prescription Database Without a Warrant