Search and Seizure of Laptops at US Border

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Sparky Spartacus, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. To go along with all the discussion of laptops lately.


    Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 19:04:46 -0500

    John Sachs and Michael Liberman are drafting a client alert about two
    recent US Circuit Court cases (/U.S. v. Romm/, 455 F. 3d 990 (9th Cir.
    2006) and /U.S. v. Ickes/, 393 F.3d 501 (4th Cir. 2005)) which held that
    a laptop computer carried by a traveler leaving or entering the United
    States can be seized and its hard drive searched and copied by
    government officials with no probable cause or even reasonable suspicion
    under the border search exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant
    requirement. Given the unique nature of laptops and the broad type of
    sensitive data contained on their drives, it is thought that this fact,
    which has not received widespread attention, would be of interest to
    many of EBG?s clients. The alert will also discuss a recent Los Angeles
    District Court case (/U.S. v. Arnold/, No. 2:05-cr-00772 (C.D. Calif.)
    which issued a decision contrary to the Ninth Circuit, and the
    likelihood that this issue will ultimately end up in the US Supreme Court.
    Sparky Spartacus, Dec 2, 2006
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