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Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller talks Supreme Court cell phone ruling

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A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The US Supreme Court ruleed this week that police may not search someone's smart phone without getting a warrant first, and now law enforcement will have to adjust to that new rule. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says that the change won't be all that much of a problem. It just means that police will now have to get a warrant, like they do in countless other cases. It won't change criminal investgations in any major way.

"You would likely take a suspect into custody for a reason, and not just because of something that was on their phone," Fuller told WKZO. "You would have to have other circumstances, and then you could use the search warrant to get the information from their phone."

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on the smart phone case. Privacy advocates say that police shouldn't be allowed to look at the information on a person's phone because the devices in many ways carry a person's entire life these days, as people use them for everything from keeping track of appointments to storing pictures and music to web browsing.

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