Thursday, August 24, 2017 11:08 AM

STATE SUPREME COURT SAYS DIGITAL CAMERAS CAN'T BE SEARCHED WITHOUT A WARRANT - TECHDIRT

Some more good news on the Fourth Amendment front, even if it's somewhat jurisdictionally limited: the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has (sort of) decided[1] [PDF] the Supreme Court's Riley decision[2] isn't just for cellphones. (via FourthAmendment.com[3])

In this case, the search of a robbery suspect's backpack while he was being questioned yielded a ring, a digital camera, and other items. The police warrantlessly searched the digital phone, discovering a photo of the suspect next to a firearm later determined to have been stolen. This led to two convictions: one for the stolen property and one for carrying a firearm without a license.

The defendant challenged all of the evidence resulting from the warrantless search of the backpack, but the state got to keep most of what it found, along with the conviction for theft. But it didn't get to keep the firearm conviction, as the court here sees digital cameras to be almost no different than cellphones when it comes to warrantless searches and the ...

News source: Supreme Court

See also: Davis & Hoss