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Gingersnap
01-05-2011, 11:08 AM
Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone
Posted: Tuesday, January 4 2011 at 05:45 pm CT by Bob Sullivan

The next time you're in California, you might not want to bring your cell phone with you. The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can search the cell phone of a person who's been arrested -- including text messages -- without obtaining a warrant, and use that data as evidence.

The ruling opens up disturbing possibilities, such as broad, warrantless searches of e-mails, documents and contacts on smart phones, tablet computers, and perhaps even laptop computers, according to legal expert Mark Rasch.

The ruling handed down by California's top court involves the 2007 arrest of Gregory Diaz, who purchased drugs from a police informant. Investigators later looked through Diaz's phone and found text messages that implicated him in a drug deal. Diaz appealed his conviction, saying the evidence was gathered in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The court disagreed, comparing Diaz cell phone to personal effects like clothing, which can be searched by arresting officers.

"The cell phone was an item (of personal property) on (Diaz's) person at the time of his arrest and during the administrative processing at the police station," the justices wrote. "Because the cell phone was immediately associated with defendantís person, (police were) entitled to inspect its contents without a warrant."

In fact, the ruling goes further, saying essentially that the Diaz case didn't involve an exception -- such as a need to search the phone to stop a "crime in progress." In other words, this case was not an exception, but rather the rule.

Red Tape (http://redtape.msnbc.com/2011/01/court-cops-can-search-cell-phone-without-warrant.html)

PoliCon
01-05-2011, 11:10 AM
all the more reason to lock your phone.

Gingersnap
01-05-2011, 11:20 AM
all the more reason to lock your phone.

Or never use one unless you have to call 911. :cool:

ralph wiggum
01-05-2011, 11:22 AM
all the more reason to lock your phone.

All the more reason not to deal drugs. Or at the very least, send and then save text messages about it.

PoliCon
01-05-2011, 12:06 PM
All the more reason not to deal drugs. Or at the very least, send and then save text messages about it.

but if you are - lock the phone then no one can access what you have in there without a passcode.

Articulate_Ape
01-05-2011, 12:45 PM
but if you are - lock the phone then no one can access what you have in there without a passcode.

Please. You are joking, right?

linda22003
01-05-2011, 12:51 PM
Please. You are joking, right?

Well, it takes a full forty five seconds with the software I've seen.

Novaheart
01-05-2011, 01:14 PM
all the more reason to lock your phone.

I'm surprised a program hasn't been created for teenagers already, a suicide button as it were. When you hand the phone to your dad, your principal, or a cop you push the suicide button and it wipes the device. A little sizzle sound and puff of smoke would be a nice touch too.

Novaheart
01-05-2011, 01:18 PM
All the more reason not to deal drugs. Or at the very least, send and then save text messages about it.

In other news, Florida is now doing a new kind of checkpoint, where there is a judge onsite to compel you to take a blood test on site if you refuse breathalyzer.


http://www.florida-criminal-attorney-blog.com/Judges%20at%20Florida%20DUI%20Checkpoints

Arming yourself does no good if you will not resist.