Legal Matters

Police Must Obtain Warrant Before Searching Your Cell Phone Data, SCOTUS Rules

Chief Justice John Roberts (Wikimedia Commons)

Police must always obtain a warrant to search an arrestee’s cellphone, the Supreme Court ruled today in a unanimous decision.

Today’s cell phones are more than just tools to make calls, the judges recognized. Modern Americans store their entire lives on their phones, from banking information and health data to private conversations and, obviously, sexts. All that stuff deserves constitutional privacy protection, SCOTUS decided. Read More

Craigslist Goodies

If Your Name is Eric and You Love Talking About DOMA, There’s a Person on Craigslist Looking For You

Maybe Eric? (Photo: Flickr.com)

Typically, the words DOMA, Prop 8, and SCOTUS don’t exactly get you in the mood, but they seem to be causing a swooning sensation in Washington D.C. over the past few days.

TPM spotted an influx of nervous lovers in Craiglist’s Missed Connections section for Washington D.C. Several romantically inclined people are posting messages in hopes of moving their lengthy debate sessions from the Supreme Court steps to more personal chambers. Read More