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Court Rules Okay to Search Cell Phones Without Warrant: Jay Gormley of CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling from a district court in Indiana that it is legal for police to search cell phones without a warrant. Judge Richard Posner said searching the cell phone of a suspect was a matter of urgency, and in the time required to obtain a warrant. important and time-sensitive material could be deleted via a remote device. The court's opinion is here.  

Lawsuit Alleges Arizona Prisons Lack Adequate Inmate Health Care: The Associated Press reports a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges Arizona state prisons are not providing adequate medical and mental health care to prisoners. The suit says prisoners face dangerous delays in treatment, and are sometimes denied treatment. Corrections officials are accused of having deliberate indifference toward prisoners and having failed to correct problems after they were made aware of them.  The 14 prisoners who filed the lawsuit argue that Arizona's prisons have violated their Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and want prisons better staffed with health care workers.  

Realignment Prompts Lawsuit for Felon Voting Rights:  The Associated Press reports that the League of Women Voters and two other prisoner's rights groups have sued California elections officials on Wednesday, claiming that tens of thousands of felons being shifted to county jails and community supervision under the state's new realignment law should be eligible to vote.  The lawsuit was filed in the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco.  See previous post here, with a link to the CJLF press release.  The ACLU of Northern California press release is here.

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