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Judge Rules Dorm Room Search for Evidence of Prank Email Illegal

Judge Rules Dorm Room Search for Evidence of Prank Email Illegal

A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme JudicialCourt has ordered police to return a laptop and otherproperty seized from a Boston College computer sciencestudent’s dorm room after finding there was no probablecause to search the room in the first place. The policewere investigating whether the student sent hoax emailsabout another student.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Boston lawfirm Fish and Richardson are representing the computerscience student, who was forced to complete much of thefinal month of the semester without his computer and phone. Boston College also shut off the student’s network accessin the wake of the now-rejected search.

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For the full order from Judge Botsford:
http://www.eff.org/files/SJCcalixteorder.pdf

For more on this case:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/05/mass-sjc-tosses-calixte-warrant

For this release:
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2009/05/22

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