Supreme Court To Consider Cell Phone Searches

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A major Supreme Court decision is going to be heard Tuesday regarding the Constitutionality of police searching cell phones when someone is arrested.

Multiple court cases have resulted in differing decisions in lower courts requiring the Supreme Court’s involvement.  Supporters of law enforcement say that a cell phone is no different than anything found in the pockets of a suspect when arrested and police should be able to look through it.

However, privacy advocates say that today’s smartphones are similar to computers in their operation and memory storage.  Police without a warrant cannot search computers and privacy advocates say cell phones should gain the same protection.

A criminal law specialist with New York University School of Law said that the cases will put to the test laws that were written before anyone would have known about the digital age.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling by June.


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