Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/29/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Case will determine when police can access your phone during an arrest.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today over whether police should have the right to search cellphones without a warrant. Two appeals have reached the high court with law enforcement experts and privacy advocates on two sides of the issue.

Should police be allowed to conduct a cellphone search without a warrant?

Should police be allowed to conduct a cellphone search without a warrant?

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/29/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: cell phone, smartphone, police, arrest, search, warrant, supreme court


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today about the legality of warrantless cell phone searches. Americans are protected from warrantless searches by the Fourth Amendment, however police have made a habit of searching cell phones for additional evidence during arrests.

Privacy advocates say that searching the cellphones goes too far, especially given the wealth of data available on a smartphone. A search of a smartphone can reveal more than whom people talk to, it can also reveal one's political and religious affiliation as well as what they read and do online. Police say this is important because it can provide additional clues and leads in criminal investigations.

Millions of people want this one common thing, but they can't find one. What is it?

Privacy advocates respond that police should not have access to this information without a warrant and that it is akin to entering a person's bedroom for a search.

It's true. Going through a person's cellphone isn't like simply going through their pockets.

The American Library Association, which catalogs digital information, said in a brief to the court, "What Americans are reading is ordinarily none of the government's business," and that because these devices can be used to read material on the web, it should require special permission for the police to access it.

However, police say that smartphones can be used to endanger officers, especially when a suspect is detained. Smartphones can detonate explosives, call or warn accomplices, or erase evidence.

A brief filed on behalf of 15 states with the court explained "Cellphones are not only capable of providing valuable evidence of a criminal offense, but are also often an instrumentality of a crime."

Previous court cases have yielded different results. In a 209 California case, police arrested a man who was later convicted with cellphone evidence of having a gang affiliation and transporting weapons. He was originally pulled over for having expired tags. Because his license was suspended, police searched his car and found more evidence of crime, and also went into his cellphone to learn he was affiliated with a gang.

California courts have upheld the search as legal.

Meanwhile, a case in Boston involved a man arrested for selling drugs. His phone rang in the police station and police traced the number to an apartment where they found more drugs and a gun. An appeals court tossed the conviction.

The two cases are Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie and the high court is expected to rule by late June.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

American Steel v. China's Production - There is no such thing as free trade Watch

Image of American steel jobs have drastically fallen (iisssc).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As American steel production falters, China has begun efforts to dump its excess steel at slashed prices. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute, and Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB ... continue reading


'Shame, shame, shame': House Democrats boo Republicans Watch

Image of House Republicans halt the hostile amendment in its tracks (EPA).

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chaos erupted as the US House of Representatives refused to pass an amendment meant to strip away religious freedom and protections for religious contractors and those who work with the federal government. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When House Democrats ... continue reading


Judge SPANKS Obama's attorneys who LIED to the court! Watch

Image of Judge Andrew Hanen shut down Obama's attorneys for lying.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An angry federal judge has ordered Justice Department attorneys to take annual ethics classes for lying. The lies told by Justice Department attorneys tricked 26 states into filing a lawsuit against the administration. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - U.S. ... continue reading


Bill Clinton, America's favorite rapist? Watch

Image of Thew family that rapes together, destroys women's rights and justice together.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As Hillary Clinton declares herself the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party amid the cheers of millions of millennial supporters, few people seem to remember that her husband, Bill Clinton, is an accused serial rapist. And far from being a supporter of women' ... continue reading


YES! Oklahoma votes to outlaw abortion! Watch

Image of The Oklahoma legislature has voted to end abortion in their state.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Oklahoma has outlawed abortion! The state legislature has passed a bill that would criminalize the procedure, except to save the life of the mother. The bill will now go to the governor for signing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The final decision will be up to ... continue reading


'It's a suicide mission': Mitt Romney will not launch campaign Watch

Image of Mitt Romney will not launch a third-party presidential campaign.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Former Massachusetts governor and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has announced plans to halt all recruitment for a third-party presidential campaign. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Yahoo! News, Romney initially attempted to recruit ... continue reading


Obama 'Hope' Street Artist calls out President as failure Watch

Image of Street artist Shepard Fairey admitted his disappointment in US President Barack Obama.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Street artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic "Obama Hope" poster, has jumped on board the Bernie Sanders train and claims US President Barack Obama did not meet expectations. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Info Wars, Fairley stated Obama went ... continue reading


Bernie Sanders is all but out, which makes him more relevant than ever before Watch

Image of Will Bernie Sanders run as a third party candidate? His campaign says no.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It's super unlikely that the Sanders campaign can win the Democratic nomination, short of any deus ex machina event, but that doesn't mean he plans to quit. In fact, Sanders is just getting started. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Last night, Hillary Clinton ... continue reading


'What about OUR kids?': Obama creates jobs for refugees Watch

Image of US President Barack Obama set aside a $21 million budget to create summer jobs for America's youth (wallpapercave).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

School is nearly out and summer is upon us. Students and the unemployed will be hired for summer jobs while vacationers spur the economy. Everyone is hiring and the Obama administration is doing its part as well, with a budget of $21 million to create jobs nationwide ... continue reading


Who's the biggest lobbyist in the Oval Office? Here's the very surprising answer! Watch

Image of Google has been to the White House many more times than any other lobbyist.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

White House visitor logs can reveal who has the most access to the president. A new project that examines these logs reveals that Obama's favorite visitor is Google. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Google is a regular visitor to the White House, and has been to ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 1:10-16
10 This salvation was the subject of the search and investigation of the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
1 [Psalm] Sing a new song to Yahweh, for he has performed wonders, his ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 10:28-31
28 Peter took this up. 'Look,' he said to him, 'we have left everything ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 24th, 2016 Image

St. David I of Scotland
May 24: David, the youngest son of Scotland's virtuous ... Read More