United States v. Kolsuz

Before the gov’t can undertake a forensic search of a smartphone seized at the border, officers must have individualized suspicion of wrongdoing, says the Fourth Circuit. But because that’s a new rule, we won’t apply it to suppress an 896-page report on the contents of this international arms smuggler’s phone. Concurrence: We shouldn’t be announcing a new rule. Defendant got caught with contraband in his suitcases, so officers plainly had reasonable suspicion (assuming they even needed it) to keep and search his phone for a month.

Tags: 2018, Fourth Amendment, Fourth Circuit, Searches and Seizures

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