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Get ready for the subpoena for computers

gavel2 1 With the advent of personal computers, the courts have had to develop law on how to apply the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures to police efforts to obtain evidence from computers. How search warrants to obtain such information fit within the constitutional scheme was explored by Maryland’s intermediate appellate court in an opinion issued this week in a case called John Fone v. State of Maryland.

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County SWAT team activities bring fear

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DSC02326Charles Adams (not his real name) woke with a start.

Armed men loomed over him. Guns raised, they dragged the middle-aged father out of bed and threw him to the floor, his body hitting the ground with a resonating thud.

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Cell phones are off-limits

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cell phoneThe Supreme Court ruled unanimously on June 25 that police must obtain a search warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest, a decision that defense attorneys are praising for its protection of citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights.

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