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SCOTUS Unanimously Strikes Down Obama's Executive Overreach for the 11th Time

Sen. Cruz Praises Riley v. California Decision

June 25, 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement lauding the Supreme Court for protecting privacy rights in the decision Riley v. California.

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to protect the rights of all Americans to be free from warrantless searches of their cell phones,” said Sen. Cruz. “This is the eleventh time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s arguments for greater governmental power. The Court rightly held that the Fourth Amendment generally requires the government to obtain a warrant based on a particularized suspicion of a specific crime before searching the contents of someone’s cell phone. Cell phones contain sensitive personal information, and the government should not have the power to look at the e-mails, text messages, photos, and videos of people who have been arrested but not tried or convicted of a crime. The Framers knew all too well the dangers of giving the government a blank check to invade our personal lives when they adopted the Fourth Amendment. Unchecked government power poses real risks to our liberty, as the latest revelations about the IRS have unfortunately demonstrated.”

Sen. Cruz previously published a report about earlier cases in which the Supreme Court stopped the Obama Administration’s executive power grabs and related abuses. This report, and others, are available here.

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