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Ohio Supreme Court: Police must
have warrant to search cell phones

In State v. Smith, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that police must have a warrant to search the data on a cell phone that is lawfully seized during an arrest.

News Article

State Supreme Court limits police searches of cell phones

(The Columbus Dispatch © 12/15/2009)

Police can't search the contents of a cell phone without a warrant unless they have reason to think their lives are in danger, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today in a split decision.

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