U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Warrantless Cellphone Search Cases

Apr 30, 2014

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This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a pair of major Fourth Amendment cases testing the reach of police powers.

At issue is whether police officers need to obtain a warrant before they conduct a cellphone search during an arrest. The court's ruling on these cases, Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie,  is expected to have profound impacts on how Americans interact with police.

Tony Kolenc, assistant professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law joined Melissa Ross to discuss what’s at stake as the court weighs the demands of public safety and civil liberties.

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