Meanwhile Back At The Supreme Court …. Cell Phone Searches

Under standard Fourth Amendment doctrine, when an individual is arrested his person may be searched incident to that arrest — even though the searching authority did not have a warrant to do so.  Traditionally searches incident to arrest are justified as “reasonable” on two interrelated grounds — one of safety (does the arrestee have a gun?) and one of efficacy (we want to inventory his person so that when he is released he may not complain that his money is missing).