Top Mass. Court OKs Warrantless Searches Of Cell Call Lists

Law360, New York (December 6, 2012, 3:59 PM EST) -- Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday issued a pair of rulings finding state police do not need search warrants to check the call lists on cellphones of arrestees but deferred its decision on whether officers have the right to examine texts and emails.

In a pair of interlocutory rulings related to the arrests of suspected drug traffickers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously determined the limited search of the suspects’ cellphones — specifically, checking the incoming and outgoing call list — was not a constitutional violation and...
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