SCOTUS: No Warrantless Phone Searches

    Former president of the rightwing Swiss People's Party, Ueli Maurer is seen in silhouette as he uses his mobile phone during the National Council's winter session at the Parliament on December 8, 2008 in Bern, Switzerland. A vote of the Federal Assembly – a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate – will decide on December 10 who will succeed the outgoing Defence minister, Samuel Schmid, who announced he was stepping down last month. Former Justice minister Christoph Blocher and former president of the rightwing Swiss People's Party, Ueli Maurer are both candidates for a seat in Switzerland's seven-member cabinet called the Swiss Federal Council. 
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    The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 9-0 that police may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without a search warrant. There are, as is always true for searches, exceptions, such as in the case of child abduction or bomb threats. “Modern cellphones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans the privacies of life,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.”

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