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Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment

Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the Fifth Amendment, illustrative photo

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"Papers are the owner's goods and chattels; they are his dearest property, and are so far from enduring a seizure, that they will hardly bear an inspection ..."

—Lord Camden, Entick v. Carrington (1765)


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