California Governor Vetoes Cell Phone Search Law
California Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown has vetoed a law that would have required law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching cell phones. Brown said that the decision on warrantless searches was better left to the courts to decide, and not him. "The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizure protections," the governor wrote in a letter to the state senate. This means that people who are detained or arrested by police in the state of California will have to make their phones available for search if the phone is on their person at the time their arrest.
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Please don't get me started
I know I'll sleep better at night knowing these guys are looking out for me!
This ONLY applies to those Under Arrest or Detention
This law states they can search your phone AFTER you've been arrested or legally detained pursuant to arrest without a warrent.
Expect cops to try and stretch the meaning of this law to include them searching your phone during a traffic stop or other contact. And expect knowledgeable citizens to tell them to go pound sand!