Judges: SCOTUS Should Decide Cell Phone Warrant Issue

Two federal appeals judges voted to deny an en banc rehearing of a decision requiring police to get a warrant before searching cell phones, the ABA Journal reports. The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled earlier that Boston police violated the Fourth Amendment rights of Brima Wurie when they searched his cell phone after observing what appeared to be a drug sale. Chief Judge Sandra Lynch and Judge Jeffrey Howard denied the rehearing in an order released this week. Both also issued statements saying the matter needs to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.