There’s good news on the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The Supreme Court ruled that a person’s cell phone cannot be searched without a warrant. Police searching someone’s cell phone is akin to searching someone’s house/apartment. Police cannot search someone’s house without a warrant, and this applies to cell phones. There is a lot personal information in a phone and the police can find personal information on a phone that they have no right to know. It’s an invasion of a person’s privacy. Police can’t just walk into your home and police cannot get into your phone without a warrant.
The two cases that the court decided to take on were Riley vs. California and U.S. vs. Wurie. Both these men were arrested and information found on their cell phones led to their conviction.
All 9 judges on the Supreme Court agreed that the police need search warrants to search someone’s phone.
So that means that if you’re ever stopped and the police want to look into your phone, you have the right to say no to their request. They need a warrant to find out any information in your phone.
It’s about time the judges voted for the rights of the people. They’ve voted against our rights for a long time now. The Fourth Amendment has become almost useless in protecting the people’s rights.
P.S. They need a search warrant even if you’re under arrest.
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