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Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide not worried over cell phone ruling

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled law enforcement now needs a warrant before searching the cell phones of people they arrest.

Sgt. Dale Phillips, commander of Tuscaloosa's Metro Homicide says the ruling will not have any impact on their investigations.

"We've always gone with a search warrant route in our cases. So, it's really not going to affect us," Phillips said.

Phillips says his unit has been obtaining those warrants for cell phone for people they put in cuffs for years.

In his ruling, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says "the fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand. … does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the founders fought".

The Supreme Court says cell phones are a part of daily life for a lot of people and that the old principals of searches should be applied to some of today's technology.

"I think the reason behind that is once a phone is secured, the chances of you losing that data are very slim. And that's the purpose here is to make sure the individual that owns the phone his rights are protected," Phillips said.

FOX6 News also spoke to a number of other police agencies in our area and they already obtain search warrants for cell phones as well.

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