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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cellphone Search Warrants

Riley v. California, No. 13-132

Jeff Fisher arguing for petitioner in Fourth Amendment cell phone case (Art Lien)

In a landmark ruling today, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision requiring police to obtain warrants in order to search cell phones of those arrested.  Earlier this year, the Court granted the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic’s petition for certiorari in Riley v. California, the lead case subject to today’s ruling. Students Julia Reese ’13, Ben Chagnon ’14, and Seth Lloyd ’14 drafted the petition.  Seth and Ben continued working on the merits briefing, along with Tess Reed ’15, Alec Schierenbeck ’15, and Kristin Saetveit ’15.  The Clinic also collaborated and strategized on the case with the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic.  Professor Jeff Fisher, director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, argued the case in April.  Congratulations to all!

More coverage:  New York TimesSCOTUS blog.  See previous post.   ◊

One Response to “U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cellphone Search Warrants”

  1. pvine says:

    Congratulations to Professor Fisher and all of the students who particpated in the Riley litigation. This is a monumental victory in a ground breaking case.

    In a prior comment on this blog I predicted that the the Court would not adopt the categorical rule that you proposed. Wow was I wrong. Obviously your superb litigation skills brought about this result. You should all be very proud of your work on this very important case.

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