Apr 252014
 April 25, 2014  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Lyle Denniston, who should be declared a national treasure, writes:

Next Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court will hold back-to-back, one-hour hearings on cases testing the authority of police to search the contents of cellphones they take from people they have arrested.  The cases are not consolidated.  At 10 a.m., the Court will hear a state case, Riley v. California.  Arguing for David Leon Riley will be Stanford law professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, with thirty minutes of time..  California’s solicitor general, Edward C. DuMont of San Francisco, will represent the state, with twenty minutes.  Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Michael R. Dreeben will present the federal government’s views as amicus; he will have ten minutes.  At 11 a.m., the Court will hear a federal case, U.S. v. Wurie.  Deputy Solicitor General Dreeben will again represent the federal government. Arguing for Brima Wurie will be an assistant federal public defender, Judith H. Mizner, of Boston.  Each will have thirty minutes.

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