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SCOTUS: Rules Police Will Need A Warrant Before Phone Searching A Person Arrested

Supreme Court rules police generally need a warrant before searching the cell phone of a person arrested
The Supreme Court has ruled that police generally need a warrant before searching the cell phone or personal electronic device of a person arrested.
Writing for a nearly unanimous court Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts said searches of digital devices for information are not comparable to searches law enforcement officers often conduct for contraband after making an arrest. He acknowledged that the court’s decision would make it harder for police to fight crime, but said that did not justify excusing them from getting a warrant before conducting searches of cellphones and smartphones.

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