U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared to seek a compromise over whether police officers need warrants to search cellphones when a suspect is arrested.
In two hours of oral arguments, the justices appeared sympathetic to the need of police officers to quickly search phones but also were wary of potential privacy concerns raised by the amount of personal data now kept on mobile devices.
The justices varied over how they approached the issue, with some more in favor of warrants than others. The result could be a ruling that says police need a warrant in some circumstances but not in others, or the Justices could rule that the danger created by such a search outweighs the purported need alleged by Police. It was unclear what rationale the court would embrace. A ruling is expected by the end of June.