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Supreme Court: warrant needed for cell phone searches

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In a ruling marked for the digital age, the United States Supreme Court ruled that just because you have a cell phone in your pocket or purse does not mean police have a right to search it.

In a unanimous ruling, all nine justices recognized that everything from your financial to medical information might be on your phone. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that cell phones are "not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans the privacies of life."

Lisa Beth Older, a constitutional lawyer, said the ruling does not put police officers at risk nor does it interfere with their ability to keep the public safe. Police can still take your phone as possible evidence, but there is a specific process they have to follow. Older said cops can bag your phone and request a search warrant.

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