Burglar who lost phone at scene of burglary with passcode 1234 has no right of privacy

Originally published at: https://www.myce.com/news/burglar-who-lost-phone-at-scene-of-burglary-with-passcode-1234-has-no-right-of-privacy-84440/

An American citizen, who lost his poorly secured phone during a burglary and who could be tracked down and convicted that way, could not appeal to his right on privacy and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. His lawyers argued his privacy was violated because his phone was searched without a warrant.

18 years is crazy. Have to wonder at the police procedure for unlocking phones though, if there are potentially only 10 tries before the phone wipes itself it’s risky to guess but perhaps they’ve had enough success with simple passcodes they typically try it.

18 years for burglary? Wow. In my country burglars mostly get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again.

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Welcome to America. If you are poor or middle-class, any crime you commit will be punished so disproportionately you’ll wonder why it’s called a “justice” system at all. (This is especially true for non-white people.) As for the rich, they can get away with anything. Hell, if you’re rich you can get away with destabilizing the entire planet’s climate, resulting in god-knows-how-many deaths, without law enforcers even bothering to file so much as a single charge. And yet a non-rich man can get put in jail for 18 years for being an idiot (and robbing someone).