Tenn. Court Backs Police On Computer Search At Staples

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT) -- A Tennessee appellate court ruled Monday that a police officer did not offend constitutional prohibitions on unreasonable searches and seizures when he snooped a computer at a Staples Inc. repair center to confirm reported child pornography.

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee upheld a trial court’s refusal to suppress evidence gathered from Eugene O. Dale’s personal laptop after a Staples technician stumbled across suspicious thumbnail images when repairing the computer and alerted police.

The court didn’t buy Dale’s assertion that the search encroached on materials...
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