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[9WashJLTech&Arts287] Are Courts Phoning It In? Resolving Problematic Reasoning in the Debate over Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones Incident to Arrest

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dc.contributor.author Scheurer, Derek A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-11T17:49:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-11T17:49:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06
dc.identifier.citation 9 Wash J.L. Tech. & Arts 287 (2014) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2157-2534
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1341
dc.description Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Volume 9, Issue 4, Spring 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: In 1973, the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Robinson granted police broad authority to search arrestees’ personal property. Robinson’s broad rule has not been significantly limited and appears increasingly anachronistic in an age of rapidly advancing mobile technologies. Whether upholding or invalidating such searches, courts have relied on reasoning that ignores or conflicts with Robinson. This Article illustrates four problematic contrivances used by state and federal courts: (1) the comparison of mobile devices to “containers; (2) the misinterpretation of United States v. Chadwick’s concept of “property not immediately associated with the person;” (3) the unjustifiable application of Arizona v. Gant’s “reason to believe” rationale; and (4) the baseless categorical exclusion of cell phones from the search incident doctrine. In light of the public’s apparently high expectation of privacy for information stored on mobile devices, this Article recommends two possible solutions for restricting police authority: (1) return to an exigency-based rationale following Chimel v. California or (2) look to state legislatures to curb police powers through law making. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Constitutional & Regulatory en_US
dc.title [9WashJLTech&Arts287] Are Courts Phoning It In? Resolving Problematic Reasoning in the Debate over Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones Incident to Arrest en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder © Derek A. Scheurer en_US


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