Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SJC rules on search warrants for cellular telephone calls and text messages

On Friday, August 9, 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the state's wiretap law authorizes Superior Court judges to issue search warrants permitting the interception of cellular telephone calls and text messages.

The decision was covered in an iBerkshires.com staff report on August 12th.

The case was Commonwealth vs Moody (and four companion cases).

As the iBerkshires.com staff report notes, the "Court's ruling is significant because it addressed, for the first time, the application of the 1968 wiretap statute to modern cellular communications.