Supreme Court Will Weigh In On Police Cell Phone Searches
The U.S. Supreme Court today said it will hear two different cases that will determine whether or not police need to first obtain a warrant before exploring the cell phone records of potential criminals. Both case involve people who were convicted after police searched their cell phones - without warrants - and were charged with felonies. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments as soon as April and offer a decision in June. Individual U.S. states' vary on whether or not law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to search suspects' cell phones. The outcome of these cases could set precedent for federal law.
"How is a cell phone different from a dairy, day planner and travel log? Are warrants required for searches of those paper item? If so why would their electronic equivalents not require a warrant?