John Roberts

The Supreme Court should uphold a warrant for ‘overseas’ emails

The Supreme Court should uphold a warrant for ‘overseas’ emails

In 2012, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told a university audience that the challenge for the Supreme Court for the next 50 years would be "how we [adapt] old, established rules to new technology."

That comment is usually quoted in connection with technological changes that have required the court to expand protections for personal privacy. For example, in 2014, in an opinion by Roberts, the court held that police generally must obtain a warrant before searching the smartphones of people they had arrested.

But sometimes a shift in technology can change the legal rules that come into play, potentially working against the legitimate needs of law enforcement....

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