Professor Steven R. Morrison drafts White Paper for NACDL

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School of Law


In May 2014, NACDL's Board of Directors adopted a white paper drafted by Assistant Professor of Law Steven R. Morrison on law enforcement searches of digital evidence. Entitled What's Old Is New Again: Retaining Fourth Amendment Protections in Warranted Digital Searches (Pre-Search Instructions and Post-Search Reasonableness) , the report makes nine recommendations for reform to the judiciary, legislature, and law enforcement entities to require pre-search restrictions in a warrant for digital evidence, including a waiver of the plain view doctrine, requiring law enforcement to secure a warrant if evidence of an unrelated crime is discovered during the search, and a suppression remedy if the pre-search requirements are not met.