Thursday, March 01, 2012

Cellphone Fourth Amendment Trashing

I’ve noted a number of fourth amendment trashings here in these pages, such as this, this, and this, amongest others, the most recent is as follows.

Police don’t need a warrant to search a cell phone for its number, a federal appeals court has ruled…

“It’s not even clear that we need a rule of law specific to cell phones or other computers. If police are entitled to open a pocket diary to copy the owner’s address, they should be entitled to turn on a cell phone to learn its number,” they wrote in the opinion.

Court: Warrantless cell phone searches legal

Feeling secure in your person,home, papers and effects?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/01 at 05:15 PM
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