A Split at the Border on Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Author: 
Maximilian Raileanu
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On May 9th and May 23rd, in U.S. v. Kolsuz and U.S. v. Touset, the Fourth and Eleven Circuits, respectively, decided that U.S. border patrol agents can search a traveler’s electronic devices without a warrant.  U.S. prosecutors charged Kolsuz, a Turkish national, with attempting to export various firearms from the U.S. without a warrant. Touset, a U.S. citizen living in Georgia, was indicted for knowingly receiving child pornography, knowingly transporting it, and knowingly possessing a laptop and storage device containing child pornography.