MA: Cell phone call logs don’t require a search warrant

Cell phone call logs don’t require a search warrant to get them. “Despite the narrowing of the third-party doctrine in other contexts, it remains applicable to call detail records. Notwithstanding recent technological changes, the phone numbers an individual dials are still conveyed voluntarily to a phone service provider, and providers still maintain those records for legitimate business purposes.” Commonwealth v. Lepage, 2024 Mass. LEXIS 192 (May 17, 2024).

Plaintiff’s claim officers shot his family dog stated a Fourth Amendment claim because it was alleged the dog was no threat. Pennington v. Hefner, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89278 (E.D. Mo. May 17, 2024).*

“The search occurred less than three months after commission of the charged offenses. As noted, the affidavit alleged the storage capabilities of internet-accessible electronic devices and tied that capability to Mr. Owens’ use of such devices to communicate with Minor Victim 1. These two considerations alone are fatal to his contentions.” Franks motion denied. United States v. Owens, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89393 (S.D. W. Va. May 17, 2024).*

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