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Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

Posted By admin On August 20, 2013 @ 5:06 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Timothy B. Lee
Washington Post [1]
August 20, 2013

If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

In 2007, the police arrested a Massachusetts man who appeared to be selling crack cocaine from his car. The cops seized his cellphone and noticed that it was receiving calls from “My House.” They opened the phone to determine the number for “My House.” That led them to the man’s home, where the police found drugs, cash and guns.

The defendant was convicted, but on appeal he argued that accessing the information on his cellphone without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the man’s argument, ruling that the police should have gotten a warrant before accessing any information on the man’s phone.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/19/obama-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-allow-warrantless-cellphone-searches/?print=1

[2] U.S. Supreme Court to weigh cell phone searches by police: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-supreme-court-to-weigh-cell-phone-searches-by-police.html

[3] California governor protects warrantless cellphone searches: http://www.prisonplanet.com/california-governor-protects-warrantless-cellphone-searches.html

[4] Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld: http://www.prisonplanet.com/warrantless-cellphone-tracking-is-upheld.html

[5] Ted Cruz denounces Supreme Court ruling on warrantless DNA collection: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ted-cruz-denounces-supreme-court-ruling-on-warrantless-dna-collection.html

[6] Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches OK for Minor Offenses: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-rules-strip-searches-ok-for-minor-offenses.html

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