Supreme Court Will Weigh In On Police Cell Phone Searches
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Jan 17, 2014, 3:12 PM by Eric M. Zeman
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.
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"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?