Court: Feds violated privacy in e-mail search

Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 12:28 AM EST

Federal investigators overstepped constitutional bounds by searching e-mails without a warrant during a fraud investigation related to an herbal supplement company known for its "Smiling Bob" ads, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court ruling temporarily blocking investigators from additional e-mail searches in the case against Steven Warshak, owner and president of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals.

At MSNBC.

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