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CASE ENTRY

United States v. Cano

Man is arrested at the border with 30 lbs. of cocaine hidden in a spare tire. But did the feds need to get a warrant before searching his phone “forensically”—that is, using software to download call logs and messages from the phone? The Ninth Circuit says yes; they needed (and lacked) reasonable suspicion that the phone would contain digital contraband. Conviction vacated.


Tags: 2019, Ninth Circuit, Search Warrant, Searches and Seizures

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