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State of Oregon v. James Tyler Nix
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Supreme Court
Bronson D. James, on behalf of Petitioner on Review
Douglas F. Zier, on behalf of Respondent on Review
Statement of Issues:
State of Oregon v. James Tyler Nix (S058751) (A138483) (appeal from Linn County Circuit Court; opinion reported at 236 Or App 32, 237 P3d 842 (2010)).

Defendant James Tyler Nix has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision reversing and remanding a trial court decision that had suppressed certain evidence in his criminal case.

On review, the issues are:

(1) Whether the warrantless search of the entire data contents of a cell phone, without limit in scope or intrusiveness, is lawful for purposes of Article I, section 9, of the Oregon Constitution, when the search is incident to an arrest.

(2) Whether, for purposes of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, a cell phone is a personal item, akin to clothing, which normally can be searched incident to an arrest, or instead is a possessory item, akin to luggage, which normally is excluded from the permissible range of objects that can be searched without a warrant when the search is incident to an arrest.

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Justice(s) NOT Participating:
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