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Riley v. California
Citation:573 U.S. 373, 134 S.Ct. 2473, 189 L.Ed.2d 430.
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David Riley was arrested for possession of concealed and loaded firearms. An officer searched Riley and found a cellphone. Officers examined the contents of the phone and found evidence that was used against him. Brima Wurie was arrested after making an apparent drug sale. Officers seized two cellphones from Wurie’s person and also found evidence that was used against him.
Both defendants filed a motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the cellphones, on the grounds that it violated the Fourth Amendment. Their motions were denied and they were both convicted. They appealed.
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