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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Carpenter v. United States
Citation:138 S. Ct. 2206 (2018)
In 2011, police officers arrested four men suspected of robbing a series of Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in Detroit. One of the men confessed that the men had robbed nine different stores in Michigan and Ohio. The suspect identified 15 accomplices who had participated in the heists and gave the FBI some of their cell phone numbers; the FBI then reviewed his call records to identify additional numbers that he had called around the time of the robberies. Based on that information, the prosecutors applied for court orders to obtain cell phone records for petitioner Carpenter. He was then charged with six counts of robbery and an additional six counts of carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence.
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