Calif.'s Warrantless Cellphone Searches Remain Legal

Law360, New York (October 11, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a measure that would require police officers to obtain a search warrant before combing through an arrested person's cellphone, refusing to override a state Supreme Court finding that such warrants were unnecessary.

California lawmakers had broadly backed S.B. 914, which Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced to protect the privacy of arrestees in the wake of the California Supreme Court's January decision.

The state high court authorized law enforcement officers to search an arrested person's cellphone without judicial oversight...
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