Mar 042016
 March 4, 2016  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

John Frank Weaver writes:

In July 2015, I wrote an article about Fourth Amendment protection for self-driving cars that referenced Commonwealth v. Dorelas, a Massachusetts case that considered how specific a warrant must be before police can search a smartphone. (Full disclosure: I helped the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts draft its amicus brief.) Briefly: Defendant Denis Dorelas was arrested following a shooting. While investigating the shooting, witnesses told police that Dorelas had received threatening phone calls and text messages from the other individual involved in the shooting. Based on this evidence, police applied for and received a warrant to search Dorelas’ iPhone…..

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