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U.S. Supreme Court to weigh cell phone searches by police

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether police can search an arrested criminal suspect's cell phone without a warrant in two cases that showcase how the courts are wrestling to keep up with rapid technological advances.

Legal clash in the digital age: Can police search an arrestee's cellphone without a warrant?

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don't need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs. In a new clash over technology and privacy, the court is being asked to resolve divisions among federal and state courts over whether the old rules should still apply in the digital age.

NY appeals court: 'Enormous' potential for privacy violations in boundless search of computers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A federal appeals court warned Tuesday that authorities may have gone too far in their search of an ex-convict's computer, saying the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is irrelevant if every hard drive search is a green light to look at millions of files unrelated to a suspected crime. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan made the statement as it cast doubt on the legality of the investigation carried out against James R. Galpin Jr., a man serving nearly 48 years in prison in a child pornography case.

Top US court limits detention powers during police search

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the ability of police to detain a suspect who has left a site that officers have come to search, even if they find potentially incriminating evidence. The case involves Chunon Bailey, a man from Long Island, New York who was sentenced to 30 years in prison on drug and weapons charges. Police had Bailey's apartment under surveillance, and followed Bailey on July 28, 2005 when he left the apartment.

US top court mulls blood samples from drunken driving suspects

* Supreme Court hears two cases on drivers' privacy * Missouri police took involuntary blood sample from driver * 2nd case concerns lawyers getting driver data from state By Jonathan Stempel WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Missouri urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to let police take involuntary blood samples from suspected drunken drivers without a warrant, something that Chief Justice John Roberts said evoked a "pretty scary image" of government power.
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