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Riley v. California

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-132 Cal. Apr 29, 2014
Tr.Aud.
Jun 25, 2014 9-0 Roberts OT 2013

Disclosure: Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, was among the counsel to the petitioner in this case at the certiorari stage through the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, but it is not participating in the case at the merits stage.

Holding: The police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cellphone seized from an individual who has been arrested.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on June 25, 2014. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Jul 30 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 30, 2013)
Aug 12 2013Waiver of right of respondent California to respond filed.
Aug 15 2013Consent to the filing of amicus curae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner.
Aug 21 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 30, 2013.
Aug 30 2013Brief amici curiae of Center for Democracy & Technology and Electronic Frontier Foundation filed. (Distributed)
Aug 30 2013Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center filed.
Aug 30 2013Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
Sep 3 2013Response Requested . (Due October 3, 2013)
Sep 27 2013Brief of respondent California in opposition filed.
Oct 16 2013Reply of petitioner David Leon Riley filed.
Nov 20 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 6, 2013.
Dec 3 2013Record Requested .
Dec 23 2013Record received. California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District and San Diego Superior Court (1 box)
Dec 31 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 17, 2014.
Jan 17 2014Petition GRANTED limited to the following question: Whether evidence admitted at petitioner's trial was obtained in a search of petitioner's cell phone that violated petitioner's Fourth Amendment rights.
Feb 11 2014SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Feb 18 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner.
Feb 19 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, rece8ved from counsel for the respondent.
Mar 3 2014Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)
Mar 3 2014Brief of petitioner David Leon Riley filed.
Mar 7 2014Brief amici curiae of Criminal Law Professors in support of private parties filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 7 2014Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014CIRCULATED.
Mar 10 2014Brief amici curiae of American Library Assciation, and The Internet Archive in support of Riley and Wurie filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center in support of Riley and Wurie filed. VIDED.
Mar 10 2014Brief amici curiae of Center for Democracy & Technology, and Electronic Frontier Foundation in support of Riley and Wurie filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amicus curiae of DKT Liberty Project filed. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amici curiae of Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amici curiae of National Press Photographers Association, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amici curiae of Professors Charles E. MacLean & Adam Lamparello filed. (Distributed)
Mar 10 2014Brief amicus curiae of The Cato Institute filed. (Distributed)
Apr 2 2014Brief of respondent California filed. (Distributed)
Apr 9 2014Brief amicus curiae of United States filed. (Distributed)
Apr 9 2014Brief amici curiae of Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 9 2014Brief amici curiae of Arizona, et al. filed. (Reprinted) (Distributed)
Apr 10 2014Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Apr 18 2014Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Apr 22 2014Reply of petitioner David Leon Riley filed. (Distributed)
Apr 29 2014Argued. For petitioner: Jeffrey L. Fisher, Stanford, Cal. For respondent: Edward C. DuMont, Solicitor General, San Francisco, Cal.; and Michael R. Dreeben, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.)
Jun 25 2014Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Roberts, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Alito, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. VIDED with No. 13-212.
 
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