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No cell phone searches allowed without warrant

No warrant no cell search
No warrant no cell search
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It looked like the Supreme Court was brought up to speed when they ruled that police needed warrants when they browsed the cell phones after arresting people. In this age of shoe bombers, underwear bombers, backpack bombs and cyber hackers, one couldn’t have been too careful. Old rules didn’t fit in the digital age anymore.

Should one have been afraid by this ruling? Probably not, because it also protected people owning laptops, tablets and third parties like phone companies with records on their clients. For those that did sneaky underhanded things, like having made questionable or shady deals under the table, be very afraid, especially when violating The Patriot Act or committing internet fraud. Falsely representing a situation or oneself for financial gain was a sin, which meant missing the mark of God's holy standard of righteousness

Sin was defined in 1 John 3:4 as:

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (KJV)

In the Bible, Exodus 20:15-17 said:

15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. (KJV)

Cell phones, especially iPhones and smart phones were becoming more powerful and held a lot of sensitive information. But, judges said Wednesday that they deserved no more right than any other item found during an arrest. They also said that this ruling was in keeping with what the founders of America fought to prevent, police going through someone’s home at random without purpose.

One thing not liked by me was a ring tone app recommended by a family member. This app had pornographic images popping up on my phone at random. My relative warned me that some of the language used for the ring tone was rough too. This was one reason my purchase of a safety lock with a four-digit code was necessary. This lock was better than the first in that it protected e-mail messages along with text, chat room conversations and pictures. The other just protected pictures and text messages, not chat messages with pictures. At any rate, without probable cause, search and seizure was illegal. Now cell phones were included.

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