Supreme Court Ruling: No warrant, no cell phone search. Even if you are arrested.

“A VISITOR FROM MARS MIGHT CONCLUDE PHONES ARE AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF HUMAN ANATOMY.” Supreme Court Justice Roberts.
The landmark decision’s summary is fairly clear on the issue: “The police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cellphone seized from an individual who has been arrested.” While the Court does allow for warrantless searches in certain “exigent circumstances” like kidnappings and bomb threats, they are limited and do not apply to searches after arrests. The decision doesn’t mince words in its kicker, though, stating simply: “Get a warrant.”

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