Welcome to the 21st Century, 4th Amendment!
In a seemingly rare unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that police must get a warrant for most* cell phone searches.
Washington Post reports:
Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of life,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote, quoting an earlier Supreme Court decision.
“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.”
Roberts said that in most cases when police seize a cellphone from a suspect, the answer is simple: “Get a warrant.”
*The Post later noted Robert’s ruling allowed wiggle-room for “case specific” warrantless searches.
While this is certainly an important and historic ruling, sadly this Supreme Court has sided with the Police State many more times, furthering the erosion of Americans’ liberties.