Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill to Limit Cell Phone Searches

From the SF Chronicle:

SAN FRANCISCO — Frustrated by Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto, a Bay Area lawmaker says it will be at least another year before he can try again to require police to get a search warrant before looking at the contents of cell phones they seize from people they arrest.

Legislative rules prohibit reintroducing the bill in 2012, the second year of the current two-year session, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said Monday. Despite rebuffs from the governor and the courts, he said, the issue isn’t going away.

Leno’s SB914 would have largely overturned a state Supreme Court ruling in January that let police open and examine the cell phones of people they arrest without a warrant.

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