Commonwealth v. White

Defendant was charged with murder in the first degree. A superior court judge allowed Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence recovered from his cellular telephone, concluding that the seizure of the telephone was not supported by probable cause. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding (1) probable cause to search or seize a person’s cellular telephone may not be based solely on an officer’s opinion or belief that the device is likely to contain evidence of the crime under investigation; (2) because the officers in this case lacked any information establishing the existence of relevant evidence likely to be found on Defendant’s telephone, the seizure was not supported by probable cause; and (3) the Commonwealth did not meet its burden of demonstrating that the sixty-eight-day-delay between the seizure and the application for a search warrant was reasonable. View "Commonwealth v. White" on Justia Law