Hacker Case Could Test Limits on Electronic Searches

Defense lawyers in the case, including Thomas Nolan, take issue with prosecutors keeping full copies of their clients' computers and hard drives, saying the devices contain personal information the government has no right to hold under the Fourth Amendment.

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  • Monique Ferraro

    Excellent article! Thanks for the background- which is very well documented. It was just a matter of time before this important issue came up and hopefully will be addressed appropriately. The fact is that technology is to hone in on EXACTLY what the government seeks. The government at all levels- federal, state and local- has reaped the benefits from bamboozling judges with their techno speak for years. Their overreach has enabled them to keep digital evidence for extended periods- in many cases more than two years in Connecticut. During this time, investigators search the devices over and over again, reading through private material. The searching of digital evidence must be regulated more closely by judicial authorities.

  • Steve

    That's what I don't like about the current system. They think they can do anything just because we are weaker and helpless. My penfriend from the States had his PC confiscated for no apparent reason. Fortunately, he could ask a lawyer for advice and he got it back. Right now, he's fighting for compensation but the chances of getting anything are really slim.

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