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Computer Searches: A 'General' Warrant Can No Longer Satisfy Requirements

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Roger L. Stavis writes: With so much of our modern lives contained within our computers, what is the distinction between a "general warrant" authorizing a "rummaging" search through someone's residence and a warrant authorizing a "rummaging" search of the entire contents of someone's computer? As is becoming clearer to courts in New York and around the country, there is absolutely no difference between the two.

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