S.D.Tex.: Giving the password for a cell phone search shows consent

“After considering the totality of the circumstances [in great detail], the court finds that Gallegos’s consent to search his car and the two cell phones was freely and voluntarily given, at least with regard to a manual search on the date the agents had physical custody of the cell phones.” Defendant consented to the search of his cell phone. “Here, the iPhone was like a locked container, but, importantly, Gallegos gave agents the password. If a search of a cellphone is akin to an exhaustive search of a house, Gallegos essentially gave agents the keys. Of course, if one gives agents keys to search one’s house, the time to search is finite.” United States v. Gallegos-Espinal, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87258 (S.D. Tex. May 23, 2019).

The club’s claim that the City can engage in warrantless searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment is a question of law and ripe for review and won’t be dismissed. Is a strip club a “closely regulated” industry? Does the ordinance provide for an administrative search exception? Club Madonna v. City of Miami Beach, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 15514 (11th Cir. May 24, 2019).*

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