Calif. Assembly OKs Cellphone Search Warrant Bill

Law360, New York (August 23, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT) -- The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require police officers to obtain a search warrant before combing through an arrestee's cellphone, countering a recent state Supreme Court finding that such warrants were unnecessary.

The assembly green-lighted S.B. 914 with a 68-0 vote. Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced the bill in the wake of a January decision by the California Supreme Court in People v. Diaz, which authorized law enforcement officers to search an arrested person's cellphone regardless of whether they...
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