Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2023, 3:33 PM

Warrant to Search Entire Phone for Sex Crimes Ruled Invalid

Bernie Pazanowski
Bernie Pazanowski

A warrant to search a defendant’s entire phone for evidence of sex crimes against children was quashed by a New Jersey appellate court because the application didn’t support the need for that expansive search.

Zak Missak thought he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl when he arranged to meet her in a park for sex. He was actually communicating with Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Laura Hurley.

When Missak arrived at the designated park, he was arrested and charged with second-degree luring and second-degree attempted sexual assault under New Jersey law and his cell phone was seized.

Hurley then ...

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