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California Bill Would Require Warrant for Cell Phone Searches

July 05, 2011  | 


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California legislators are moving closer to taking a vote on a bill that would require officers to obtain a warrant to search a cell phone, reversing a state Supreme Court decision earlier this year.

The bill, known as SB914 and sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would overturn the January ruling that allowed officers to search the contents of a cell phone they take from anyone they arrest without obtaining a warrant.

Members of the Peace Officers Research Association of California have come out in opposition to the bill, saying cell phones contain vital information about crimes in progress that could be deleted by the suspect.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Related:

Calif. High Court OKs Cell Phone Searches Without Warrant

Tags: Search Warrants, Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment, Cell Phones


Comments (2)

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michael @ 7/6/2011 12:30 AM

The California Legislators are abunch of wack jobs. Everytime I see one of these stupid issues its always someone like Leno sponsoring it. Lets not give LEO's any help to do their jobs better and faster. Why have any rulings from the State Supreme Courts, when we can never win with these wack jobs who want to fight anything and everything that a descision has been made on. What a waste of our time.

Fed Cop @ 7/6/2011 6:47 AM

San Francisco is VERY ANTI COP! The Supervisors are worse. They continue to place roadblocks in front of every law enforcment initiative, and when someone is a victim of a crime, they're the first ones to yell, "WHY AREN'T YOU POLICE DOING YOUR JOB?" The Supervisors sit in the ivory palace smoking their "medical" marijuana, and think up new restrictions for the police.

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