The Fifth Circuit held, in U.S. v. North, that federal district judges may authorize wiretaps of mobile phones only within their own jurisdiction, unless the instrument used to intercept the communications is itself a mobile device. The court seemed intent on preserving the Wiretap Act’s “important provisions regarding territorial restrictions” on wiretap orders in the case of cell phones. But it gave no explanation as to why Congress would conceivably give different treatment to cases in which law enforcement used an interception device that was mobile rather than stationary. In contrast, it seems rather obvious why Congress would want to remove the normal jurisdictional limitations on wiretap orders in the case of mobile phones, since those phones can cross jurisdictions so quickly and easily. It is hard to envision a case more ripe for reversal (by the Fifth Circuit en banc or the Supreme Court).