The Sixth Circuit has ruled, in U.S. v. Lichtenberger, that the government violated the Ohio man’s Fourth Amendment rights by searching his laptop for child pornography without a warrant.  The court affirmed a district court’s decision to suppress the evidence found by a police officer on defendant Aron Lichtenberger’s computer following the initial discovery by his girlfriend, finding that the officer lacked “virtual certainty” of what he would see.  Citing the “extensive privacy interests at stake” in electronic devices, as noted in the Supreme Court’s ruling against warrantless cell phone searches incident to arrest in Riley v. California, the court held that the officer’s warrantless follow-up search exceeded the scope of the girlfriend’s prior search by allowing him to potentially access files that were “private, legal, and unrelated to the allegations prompting the search” and therefore fell outside the “private search” exception to the warrant requirement.