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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones"

That is the headline of the NYT's Adam Liptak's pre-argument story re the SCOTUS oral arguments yesterday in the cases of Riley v. Calif and U.S. v. Wurie. A quote:

“The implications of these cases are huge,” said Orin S. Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University, noting that about 12 million people are arrested every year, often for minor offenses, and that about 90 percent of Americans have cellphones.

The justices will have to decide how to apply an 18th-century phrase — the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of “unreasonable searches and seizures” — to devices that can contain 100 times more information than is in the Library of Congress’s 72,000-page collection of James Madison’s papers.

How Appealing has collected links to some of the post-argument stories here.

SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston had a long argument analysis, illustrated with drawings by Art Lien. Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog has additional links in her Wednesday round-up.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 30, 2014 08:49 AM
Posted to Courts in general