5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Supreme Court protects Fourth Amendment rights

LUBBOCK, Texas - There are about 400 million cell phones in the Unites States, and now all that data is protected by the Fourth Amendment. Justices warn it could lead to a blizzard of litigation. 

The Supreme Court ruled this type of intrusion in a person's personal life is not legal unless it's supported by probable cause. Criminal defense lawyer Chuck Lanehart is excited about the decision and says it's already easy enough to track cell phones. 

"Every time your cell phone hooks into a cell phone tower, it creates a record. A digital record of where your cell phone was at that place and time," Lanehart said. 

At issue, a legal precedent called the "Third Party Doctrine" that suggests anything a third party knows about, like a cell carrier, isn't considered private. So, the third party has access to almost everything that is done on a cell phone the court finds. Cell phone users have a reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment. 

The court carves out exceptions for emergencies, like bomb threats and child abductions. It also includes pursuing fleeing suspects, protect victims from imminent harm, or prevent the destruction of evidence. 


TKE fraternity removes members following hate speech

LUBBOCK, Texas - After screen-shots of the conversation about immigration on "Frat Chat" made rounds on social media, Tau Kappa Epsilon and it's Omicron-Rho chapter at Texas Tech have removed six members from it's fraternity as of Friday, June 22.

Tau Kappa Epsilon said the disgusting, hateful language does not agree with the TKE's values.

Original statement:

After a swift, thorough investigation, Tau Kappa Epsilon and our Omicron-Rho chapter at Texas Tech have removed six members as of Friday, June 22. Their disgusting, hateful language doesn’t align with our values of love, charity and esteem and have no place in TKE.


Group proposes venue tax for multi-purpose arena

LUBBOCK, Texas - It has been less than two months since voters elected to abandon the Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum. There is already a proposal in the works to build an arena that can host dirt events.

Randy Jordan represents a grass roots group. He's asking Lubbock County Commissioners to consider using venue taxes to build a multi-purpose arena and exhibit hall. 

"We feel like the most viable for Lubbock County and our citizens is to go with the hotel motel tax, the visitor tax, the venue tax," Jordan explained, "which has been described by state law that it's available and can be used and so forth. That way we're not going to the tax payers and saying 'we're going to increase your taxes'."


LPD responds to shots fired call, one injured

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Police were called to the area of 22 St. and Ave O, following reports of shots fired, just after noon Monday.

Officers were able to determine the victim Michael Baker, 28, was transported to Covenant Medical center by private vehicle. Baker was shot in the chest with non-life threatening injuries. 

According to LPD, it appears there was an argument between several individuals. One of the individuals pulled a gun and began firing, injuring Baker, and stricking a vehicle nearby. 

No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.


House GOP struggles with immigration bill ahead of recess
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans focusing on a slimmed-down bill to stem the crisis of separating immigrant families at the border are already running into uncertainty over its fate.
  
President Donald Trump has rejected one major proposal in the modest measure: adding more immigration judges. While supporters say more judges could help expedite the logjam of claims that can prolong detentions, the president insists it would only lead to graft.
  
Lawmakers are wavering on what to do next, calling into question whether they will be able to swiftly act on any bills to address the border crisis.
  
Reports of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border have prompted an outpouring of public concern.
  
House Republicans plan to meet Tuesday to consider options before Congress begins its Fourth of July recess.

An independent third part would operate the facility, which could house the ABC Rodeo, Lubbock County Junior Livestock show and equestrian events. 

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