Man of Myth and Legend
Legal and a bit political. An upcoming SCOTUS case of large interest to most of us methinks.
Carpenter v. United States is a case docketed for oral argument during the October 2017 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case comes on a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
The case: Timothy Ivory Carpenter and Timothy Michael Sanders, the petitioners in this case, were convicted based on cell tower data collected by the petitioners' cellular service providers and obtained by the government without a warrant; instead, the information was obtained via judicial orders authorized under the Stored Communications Act for the collection and use of the data. Carpenter and Sanders argued that the government both conducted an illegal search without a warrant and improperly seized their private property (the cell tower data), in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The issue: Under the Fourth Amendment, was the government required to obtain a warrant, based on probable cause, in order to obtain and use the cell tower evidence in this case?
The outcome: The appeal is pending adjudication before the U.S. Supreme Court.