Feds Need Warrant For Cellphone Location Data: Judge

Law360, New York (August 23, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge ruled Monday that prosecutors could not obtain months of location data culled from the cellphone records of a former oil company executive convicted in a pump-and-dump scheme without a warrant, saying it would be unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis maintained that under the Fourth Amendment, the government needed to show probable cause and secure a warrant in order to access the cell-site location records of Kamal Abdallah, who was found guilty in March of manipulating the market by duping...
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