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Criminal Procedure keyed to Kamisar
Carpenter v. United States
Citation:___ U.S. ___, 138 S.Ct. 2206, 201 L.Ed.2d 507 (2018)
Prosecutors obtained the cellphone records of several robbery suspects via a court order under the Stored Communications Act, which requires information short of probable cause. Cellphone providers keep records of which cell sites were used by particular phones to route particular calls, which enable them to know the rough location of the phone when a call was placed (called cell-site location information, or CSLI). The FBI obtained 12,898 location points cataloging Carpenter’s movements over 127 days. Carpenter was unable to suppress the data at trial, which showed he was near four robbery locations at the time those robberies occurred.
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