In the United States, cops can poke around your pockets and briefcase during an arrest but they can’t start searching other parts of your property without a warrant. But what about the contents of your cell phone? Is that just like a pocket search or do cops need special permission to search it?
Judges across the country can’t agree on the answer and now the Obama Administration is weighing in. In a brief filed last week, the White House urged the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a drug case in Massachusetts where cops obtained a call log from a flip phone without a warrant.
Meanwhile, an alleged gang member from California is also asking the Court to overturn his shooting conviction because evidence in the case came via a warrantless search of his Samsung Instinct smartphone.
The two appeals, conflicting case law and the Obama Administration’s involvement mean the…
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