7th Circ. Upholds Warrantless Search Of Cellphone

Law360, New York (March 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that police officers did not need a warrant to search a suspected drug dealer's cellphone to find out its phone number, concluding that any invasion of privacy that occurred was "slight."

Abel Flores-Lopez, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug and related offenses, argued that the government conducted an illegal search to determine his cellphone's number, which it then used to subpoena three months of his cellphone's call history.

But a three-judge panel upheld an Indiana federal judge's...
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