Cell Location Searches Assailed In Raft Of High Court Briefs

By Shayna Posses (August 14, 2017, 9:00 PM EDT) -- A slew of digital rights, press freedom and Fourth Amendment advocates urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to rule that the government can't obtain historical cellphone location records without a warrant.

The rush of amicus briefs backed Timothy Carpenter, a man convicted of six robberies and sentenced to nearly 116 years in prison in part through cell-site location information, or CSLI, used to place him in the vicinity of the crimes. Carpenter has maintained that the government should have been required to secure a probable cause warrant instead of using orders issued under the Stored Communications Act to access the...

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