Obama Asks Supreme Court To Allow Warrantless Cellphone Searches

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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.

 Read More at The Washington Post . By Timothy B. Lee.

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Comments

  1. And 57% of the AMERICAN people want him hung!

  2. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    If we seized O's phone we would find: his drug sources, the men that give him fellatio, his people to be murdered as well as his people murdered lists, his list of hundreds of broken promises and lies (it’s hard to remember hundreds of broken promises and lies), the secrets to all his scandals, and exactly what he was doing on the night of 9/11/12!!!

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