U.S. courts are divided over the privacy protections afforded to electronic communications under federal law.  In State v. Roden and State v. Hinton, however, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington recently held that the state’s constitution and privacy statute broadly protect the privacy of text messages someone sends to other people’s cell phones.  These decisions put Washington State at the vanguard of communications privacy.  But the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to enter the fray on Fourth Amendment issues surrounding the protection of text messages in the coming months, when it hears argument in U.S. v. Wurie and Riley v. California.