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Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling

USA Today writer Richard Wolf today wrote an interesting article (link) on the potential broad effects of the United State's Supreme Court ruling.  The US court issued a rare 9-0 ruling, opinion that police need a warrant to search a cellphone. I have previously written on this court ruling (link), but did not comment on the potential that the Riley v. California (full text) decision may set precedent in other avenues.  Are telephone records protected?  Is the use of surveillance cameras protected?  Does the ruling affect NSA operations?  Many of these questions are still unanswered, but the lower courts could use this Riley case to further provide privacy to individuals. I have also written previously on the use of cell phone "pings" to determine location (link), now it is clear that a search warrant must first be issued.  The purpose of this article is to thank Richard Wolf in bringing to light the bigger social impact that this case may have on our society.  It is vital to have a court system which protects the freedoms which we enjoy.  The suppression of evidence for a warrantless search is but one bastion in the fight against oppression and to assure freedoms. Interestingly, I read 1984 by George Orwell this past weekend with my son.  Very few of us want to live in that society, however eroding of the constitutional freedoms is the first step in becoming that society. If you have been charged with a crime, hire a good criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and to assure the protection of those rights for others.

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