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NY Judge OKs Cell Phone Seizures in Terror Bike Path Attack

What to Know

  • Judge says prosecutors can show jurors at a terrorism trial the contents of two phones found in a truck used to kill 8 people on NY bike pat
  • U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ruled Thursday, rejecting efforts by lawyers for Sayfullo Saipov to toss out the evidence
  • Saipov will stand trial next year in the Oct. 31, 2017 attack; He has pleaded not guilty

A judge says prosecutors can show jurors at a terrorism trial the contents of two phones found in a truck used to kill eight people on a New York bike path.

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ruled Thursday, rejecting efforts by lawyers for Sayfullo Saipov to toss out the evidence.

Broderick said a search warrant used to learn the contents of the phones was supported by probable cause.

Saipov will stand trial next year in the Oct. 31, 2017 attack. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Saipov was arrested after emerging from the truck carrying a pellet gun and a paintball gun and shouting an Arabic phrase meaning "God is Great."

In his ruling, Broderick noted one of the phones was ringing when it was recovered.

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