Mass. Court OKs Cellphone Searches
The unanimous decision issued by the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday does not apply to other cellphone contents, including text messages and emails.
The case involved a drug dealer who was arrested in July 2011. Police found his cellphone number on a phone owned by a known drug user.
A district court judge ruled that police acted within their legal authority because police have long been allowed to search for evidence of a crime from the person and their belongings when they are booking someone at the police station. The high court agreed.
Privacy experts questioned the decision.