Supreme Court Takes On Cell Phones And Privacy

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A pedestrian uses a smartphone as he walks along Market Street on June 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants are presenting vastly different views of the device. Is it a critical tool for criminals, or is it someone’s virtual home?

How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday. The Obama administration and California defend the searches.

Emily Bazelon, senior editor for Slate magazine and senior research fellow at Yale Law School, discusses the cases with Here & Now’s Robin Young.


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