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Tag: Washington State Supreme Court


From drug texts to NSA: the privacy imbalance

When a Longview police detective seized the phone of a drug dealer in 2009 and conducted a warrantless search, the subsequent arrest sparked yet another legal battle over privacy rights in the digital age.

According to an AP story by Barbara LaBoe, the case against a man whom police lured into a drug arrest using the dealer’s phone was overturned by the State Supreme Court last Thursday. I admit to mixed feelings on this ruling.

When a search and seizure issue emerges during an investigation, obtaining a search warrant is a foolproof remedy. But police work, with its

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