California high court rules no warrant needed to search cell phone text messages

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of California ruled Monday that law enforcement officers can legally search text messages on a suspect’s cell phone without a warrant incident to a lawful custodial arrest. The court held 5-2 that a search of the defendant’s cell phone text messages in the police station 90 minutes after the arrest did not violate the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure without exigent circumstances.

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  1. Do you know the case name, I would love to look it up.

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