South Carolina Panel Finds No Expectation Of Privacy In Abandoned Phone

(September 28, 2015, 2:14 PM EDT) -- COLUMBIA, S.C. — Deeming a cell phone found at a crime scene to have been abandoned by its owner, a South Carolina appeals panel majority on Sept. 23 found that the owner, therefore, had also abandoned any expectation of privacy in the phone’s contents, affirming a trial court’s decision to permit evidence obtained from it at the trial that led to the phone owner’s burglary conviction (The State v. Lamar Sequan Brown, No. 2013-000725, S.C. App.; 2015 S.C. App. LEXIS 217).

(Opinion available. Document #97-151022-002Z.)...
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