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Supreme Court appears hesitant on cellphone searches

WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices appeared hesitant Tuesday to tread upon privacy protections in a pair of cases — one involving a Massachusetts drug dealer and the other a California gang member — that will determine whether a suspect’s cellphone is subject to a warrantless police search after an arrest.

At issue is the tension between privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment and modern technology, in which cellphones contain troves of personal data.

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