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Oct 21, 2020

Baltimore correctional officers face U.S. smuggling charges

Three correctional officers are among nine people facing federal charges of conspiring to smuggle narcotics, cellphones and tobacco into the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore, Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said Wednesday. The alleged scheme, which also included four detainees and two people on the outside, involved bribes to correctional officers and had been […]

Sep 6, 2019

4th Circuit sides with phone resale business in lawsuit with Sprint

Sprint’s terms and conditions do not clearly prohibit customers from reselling their phones, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reverses a decision that had given the cell phone provider a win in its litigation across the country against businesses that buy upgraded phones from Sprint customers. U.S. District Judge Catherine […]

Apr 10, 2018

Judge bans cellphones from court during Baltimore consent decree hearings

A federal judge issued an order Monday banning cellphones and other electronic devices from the courtroom at Friday's hearing on Baltimore police reform progress under the federal consent decree.

Aug 31, 2017

Md. high court upholds search warrants of cellphones

Maryland’s top court Thursday upheld warrants to search suspected criminals’ cellphones based on the training and experience of police officers who said evidence related to drug and violent activities are often found on the devices. In a pair of 5-2 decisions, the final of its current term, the Court of Appeals equated the contents of […]

The Court of Appeals building in Annapolis
Jul 27, 2015

Court of Appeals upholds post-arrest flip-phone search

Police officers may open the flip phone of a person they just arrested and examine its screen saver but need a warrant to search the text messages and other information contained within the device in the absence of a public-safety emergency, Maryland’s top court ruled Monday in a trio of decisions.

Oct 16, 2014

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption, saying homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could go free and "justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive."

Supreme Court
Jun 25, 2014

Phone search? Get a warrant

Maryland defense and prosecution attorneys alike welcomed Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

Feb 14, 2014

Cell phone search cases go to privacy interests

Faced with a pair of cases raising the issue of warrantless searching of arrestees’ cell phones, the U.S. Supreme Court will again need to apply centuries-old constitutional principles to rapidly changing technologies.

Jan 14, 2013

Law blog roundup

Welcome to the first Monday after the most improbable of victories.

Aug 23, 2012

Frederick schools may relax cellphone rules

FREDERICK — Frederick County public school officials say they’re considering relaxing restrictions on student cellphone use. The Frederick News-Post reported Thursday that Superintendent Terry Alban says it’s time to update a policy that generally requires students to keep their cellphones off and out of sight during school hours. Gov. Thomas Johnson High School Principal Marty [&hel[...]

Apr 23, 2012

Maryland gets grant to fight cell phone use in prisons

Maryland has received a federal grant to help fight cell phone use in prisons. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced a $2 million contract over three years with Columbia-based Tecore Networks to deploy technology known as managed access. The system only allows calls on approved cell phones. Unlike cell phone jamming, […]

Apr 10, 2012

Wireless providers to disable stolen phones

WASHINGTON — Major wireless service companies have agreed to disable cellphones after they are reported stolen under a strategy intended to deter the theft and resale of wireless devices. The system announced Tuesday relies on a centralized database that will enable providers to recognize when a phone has been reported as stolen and prevent it […]

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