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Riley v. California

Dec 7, 2022

Md. court reverses porn conviction, says consent to search was withdrawn

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 […]

Sep 7, 2022

Md. high court sets limits on smartphone search warrants

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.

Mar 24, 2020

Baltimore man appeals carjacking conviction to Supreme Court

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 […]

Jan 8, 2018

Supreme Court lets stand Maryland convictions based on cellphone search

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 […]

Dec 6, 2017

DeWolfe takes cellphone-search case to Supreme Court

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 […]

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