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Calif. Lawmakers Move To Ban Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

September 28, 2011  | 

California lawmakers have approved a bill that would require officers to obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a subject's cell phone or wireless device.

The bill, which was introduced by San Francisco-area Sen. Mark Leno, would override a state Supreme Court ruling in January that permitted the search after a lawful arrest. Any  incriminating texts, e-mails or other sensitive data can be taken as evidence.

Leno's bill would become law if it's signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Oct. 9 to approve it.

Source: CNN.

Related: Calif. High Court OKs Cell Phone Searches Without Warrant

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


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