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Supreme Court: police need warrant to search cell phones

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday police need a warrant to search the cell phone of a person who has been arrested.

The high court reviewed two cases involving cell phone searches, one involving a basic flip phone and the other a smart phone.

In both cases police used information found on the phone to connect the suspect to the crime.

Civil libertarian groups argued that advances in technology mean searching a cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution; an individuals right to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers or effects.”

Supreme Court: police need warrant to search cell phones


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