SCOTUS Rejects Lindell's Attempt to Get His Phone Back

It was seized by federal investigators in 2022
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2024 12:52 PM CDT
SCOTUS Says Lindell Can't Have His Phone Back
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks at a Donald Trump rally on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

The Supreme Court has decided that Mike Lindell can't have his phone back. The device in question was seized in 2022 as part of a federal investigation of alleged identity theft and computer crimes linked to a Republican county clerk in Colorado's alleged scheme to tamper with voting machines, reports the Hill. The MyPillow founder said his phone was seized by federal agents who approached him in the drive-thru of a Hardee's restaurant in Minnesota. He sought to have the phone returned—and to block federal investigators from accessing the data on it.

In a February court filing, Lindell claimed that the government had retaliated against him for "questioning the integrity of computerized voting systems, particularly those used in the 2020 election," Law & Crime reports. On Monday, the Supreme Court, without comment, denied his appeal of an earlier decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. "Lindell's irritation as to where and how the government took possession of his cell phone does not give rise to a constitutional claim, let alone a showing of a callous disregard for his constitutional rights," US Circuit Judge Ralph Erickson wrote in September. (More Mike Lindell stories.)

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