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July 10, 2014

Court ruling won't affect Marion Co.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this week that warrantless searches of cell phone records by law enforcement are unconstitutional. Marion County law enforcement did not utilize warrantless searches prior to the ruling, so nothing is expected to change.

Upon learning of the ruling, The Chronicle reached out to police chiefs Dan Losada, Robert Bokinsky and Joe Mrstik, as well as Sheriff Jason Sandholdt, regarding what, if any, impact the ruling would have on their departments. Those who responded referred the news outlet to Marion County Attorney Ed Bull.

Bull wrote that the ruling “will not affect us in any way.” He went on to say, “We have sought warrants since 2010 for data. Iowa DCI lab has required us to submit a court order before they would process phones or computer.”

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