Tagged: Fourth Amendment

SC Supreme Court Enforces Fourth Amendment

In State v. Adams, the South Carolina Supreme Court recognized limits on law enforcement’s ability to track a citizen’s vehicle with a GPS device, set a trap, and search the vehicle for drugs.  In doing so, the Court enforced United States v. Jones, a 2012 Supreme Court of the United States decision holding that “the […]

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Cell Phone Privacy

On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Riley v. California, holding that a search warrant is required before the police can search digital information on a cell phone that was seized pursuant to an arrest. Chief Justice Roberts, writing the majority opinion, pointed out the obvious: cell phones “are such a pervasive […]

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United States Supreme Court Authorizes Collection of DNA Sample Following Arrest for Serious Offense

In Maryland v. King, a sharply divided five-to-four opinion decided on June 3, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held: When Officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold for a serious offense and they bring the suspect to the station to be detained in custody, taking and analyzing a cheek swab for […]

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