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U.S. Supreme Court considers cell phone privacy in searches

A man holds an umbrella outside the U..S. Supreme Court in Washington June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A man holds an umbrella outside the U..S. Supreme Court in Washington June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

DETROIT (WKZO) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether police need warrants to search the cell phone of a person under arrest. Privacy advocates argue that granting access to authorities violates the prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard says mobile devices should be a standard way for law enforcement to solve or prevent crimes. Some warrantless searches are legal for officer safety and preserving evidence.

The separate cases center on information from the phones of a man arrested in San Diego and another man in Boston that was eventually used for convictions.

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