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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear LE Texting Case

December 14, 2009  | 

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The nation's high court will hear a case involving a California SWAT sergeant who was fired for using his departmental pager to transmit sexually explicit messages to his wife, the New York Times reports.

Sgt. Jeff Quon of the Ontario (Calif.) Police Department was fired after the content of his text messages were ordered by his lieutenant.

The case explores Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights in a case that was decided in favor of the officer by a judge at the lower level.

According to the report, the Ontario Police Department had a formal policy reserving the right to monitor "network activity including e-mail and Internet use," allowing "light personal communications" by employees but cautioning that they "should have no expectation of privacy."

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[email protected] @ 12/15/2009 6:01 PM

The high court should not be hearing this case. This Sgt. should have known better and definitely should have been disciplined unless this was not his first offense. Your equipment at work is not yours and can be viewed by your supervisors at any time.

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