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California governor protects warrantless cellphone searches

Keith Goble
Land Line [1]
October 11, 2011

A court ruling in California allowed police to search cellphones in certain instances without a warrant. Gov. Jerry Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that sought to reverse that court ruling.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers, without a warrant, can search the contents of a cellphone confiscated from anyone under arrest.

The majority of justices said arrestees lose their right of privacy for anything they are carrying when taken into custody.

Shortly after the decision was handed down, state lawmakers went to work in Sacramento to counter it. The Legislature sent Gov. Brown a bill to clarify that officers must first obtain a search warrant when there is probable cause to believe a suspect’s phone contains evidence of a crime.

Supporters said the privacy safeguards are critical as technology advances and cellphones become much more than simple devices to make phone calls.

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