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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that investigators do not need a search warrant to obtain cellphone location records in criminal prosecutions.

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The ruling overturns a previous decision by a three-judge panel of the same court

The federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that authorities properly got records from MetroPCS for Miami robbery suspect Quartavious Davis using a court order with a lower burden of proof.

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The 11th Circuit decided Davis had no expectation of privacy regarding records establishing his location near certain cellphone towers. The records were used to convict Davis of a string of armed robberies, leading to a 162-year prison sentence.

Two judges dissented, contending the Fourth Amendment requires probable cause and a search warrant for such records.

Davis’ lawyers could ask the U.S. Supreme Court for review.

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