SCOTUSBlog: Wednesday round-up by Edith Rogers:
This morning the justices will hear oral argument in a high-profile Fourth Amendment case, Carpenter v. United States, which asks whether the government must obtain a warrant before obtaining cell-site-location information from cellphone service providers. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview. Madeline Horn and Conley Wouters preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. For The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that the case calls on the justices to “undertake a potentially landmark examination of how law enforcement’s use of technology impacts the American notion of privacy.” Additional coverage comes from Erin Fuchs at Yahoo Finance and from Jess Bravin and Ryan Knutsen for The Wall Street Journal, who report that “there is widespread criticism that allowing authorities to compile such granular data about an individual’s life, without a judicial warrant, no longer meets society’s ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’—the touchstone of the Supreme Court’s approach to constitutional limits on searches and seizures.” Commentary on the case comes in a Daily Journal podcast and from Elizabeth Wydra in an op-ed for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.