Court Says Search Of Laptop With Porn Is Legal

A U.S. Customs inspection of a laptop computer that found child pornography does not constitute an unreasonable search and seizure, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

Michael Arnold argued the U.S. Constitution’s protections against searches without reasonable suspicion should have barred a 2005 search of his laptop at Los Angeles International Airport upon returning from the Philippines. He was later charged with child pornography and related crimes.

“Arnold has failed to distinguish how the search of his laptop and its electronic contents is logically any different from the suspicion-less border searches of travelers’ luggage that the Supreme Court and we have allowed,” Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for a three-judge panel.
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I have to agree with the appeals court. My rather uncharitable message to Mr Arnold would be “It sucks to be you.”

I’m glad they got this creep, however I’d much prefer it if they got the actual kids who are being victimized

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