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United States v. Graham

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
796 F.3d 332 (2015)


Facts

The United States (plaintiff) charged Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan (defendants) with several crimes related to a series of armed robberies. After Graham and Jordan were arrested, law enforcement recovered Graham’s and Jordan’s cell phones from their truck. The prosecution obtained court orders under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) to obtain 221 days of cell site location information (CSLI) from Graham and Jordan’s cell service provider. The prosecution sought to introduce the CSLI at trial to prove Graham’s and Jordan’s locations at various times. The district court denied Graham and Jordan’s motion to suppress the evidence, and the jury convicted Graham and Jordan. Graham and Jordan appealed, arguing that the prosecution’s obtaining the CSLI without a warrant violated their Fourth Amendment rights.

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