The US Supreme Court in April will hear oral arguments on two important cases involving police search and seizure of cell phones. One of the cases stems from an arrest of a motorist originally stopped for having expired registration tags. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed the driver was operating on a suspended license. Police impounded the car an pursuant to a search, found two firearms under the hood. During a warrantless search of a cell phone, police found video and photographs that they believed linked the subject to gang activity, including a shooting. The defendant was convicted of shooting into an occupied vehicle in part based on the cell phone evidence. A California appellate court upheld his conviction and the California Supreme Court denied review. His attorneys argue that police should have obtained a search warrant before reviewing the phone. Current law permits police to conduct warrantless searches in some cases where officer safety is at risk or if there is reason to believe the evidence otherwise will be destroyed or removed. Read more at the Washington Post.