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No Warrant Needed by Police to Search Phones, Says Calif.

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Replying to:  Wow, ridiculous by kvlt_ov_personality   Jan 4, 2011, 2:33 PM

Re: Wow, ridiculous

by jeffdws    Jan 4, 2011, 7:05 PM

I don't think it's ridiculous to search a phone if there is reason to believe the phone was involved in a crime. It can provide really useful information like time frames and others potential involved with the crime.

I agree it's unconstitutional to search your property without a warrant, and a cell phone is no different. The problem is if this law were ruled unconstitutional, which it probably will be, and the cop really wants to look at your phone, he's going to do get a warrant- potentially detaining you for hours in the process. Warrants aren't always issued in a timely manner. It's allow the cop to see a text you sent to your friend while driving or sit in your car for hours. Pick your poison

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