Law enforcement officers were constitutionally bound to honor a suspected child pornographer’s withdrawal of his consent to their pending warrantless search of his computer even though seven days had passed and they had already copied his hard drive, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled this month in overturning the man’s pornography conviction. In its reported decision, the […]
Search warrants of smartphones may not be so broad as to allow detectives to scour them for information beyond that related to the suspected criminal activity, Maryland’s top court ruled.
A Baltimore man who led police on a high-speed car chase into Fort Meade five years ago has appealed his subsequent carjacking conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. In papers filed with the justices this month, Dontae Small argued through counsel that the trial judge improperly admitted into evidence information retrieved from Small’s cellphone. Brandon […]
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand without comment a Maryland man’s robbery, assault and theft convictions based on evidence from his cellphone, which police had seized with a controversial search warrant. In his unsuccessful request for Supreme Court review, Timothy Stevenson argued through counsel that an officer’s mere contention that criminals use cellphones to […]
The mere contention that criminals use cellphones to memorialize their crimes cannot be sufficient to secure a warrant to search a suspect’s phone, Maryland’s public defender has stated in papers urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn a man’s robbery, assault and theft convictions. Rather, police must allege a “case-specific nexus between the […]