Something I’ve been curious about. If the police come into your house with a warrant for, say, illegal assault weapons, and find a vial of crack in the salt shaker it won’t be admissable because they could not have reasonably looked in the salt shaker for an AK-47. Maybe I’ve seen too many episodes of “Law and Order”, but I believe this principal has some basis in reality. I seem to recall someone on this board mentioning that police try to get warrants issued which include small objects just so they can look in more places.
My question is, has anybody established an extension to computer searches? Hypothetically, suppose they come to search my computer for, say, kiddie porn, and don’t find any, can they still use the spreadsheet they found which is evidence of tax evasion? Or could I say that an Excel spreadsheet is obviously not child pornography, and therefore they didn’t have any right to peruse it further under their search warrant? I suppose they could say they were looking at it for evidence of my having purchased child pornography in that specific case, but what I’m looking for here is a discussion of the general parameters computer searches operate under, not a specific example.