Lawyers React To Supreme Court's Cellphone Search Ruling

Law360, New York (June 25, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT) -- In a major victory for privacy advocates, the nation's highest court found Wednesday that in most circumstances law enforcement officers cannot search information on a detained suspect's cellphone without a warrant. Here, attorneys tell Law360 the significance of the decision.

Jeffrey Alberts, Pryor Cashman LLP

"Riley [v. California] is important because it reveals the Supreme Court's recognition that technical developments in the digital age require rethinking categorical rules governing the ability of law enforcement officers to conduct searches without violating the Fourth Amendment. The court reasoned that recent developments allow people to carry cellphones that are essentially minicomputers, which required changing...

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