Judge Nap Weighs In on Sterling Audiotape, Warrantless Cell Phone Searches
The NBA will hold a press conference later today on the racist comments allegedly made in a leaked audiotape by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The league has been investigating the authenticity of the audio, which TMZ obtained and published on its website over the weekend.
In the recording, Sterling is allegedly heard telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games after the woman posted an Instagram photo alongside Magic Johnson. The comments have drawn a harsh response across the league, with President Obama even weighing in from Asia, calling the comments "ignorant" and "incredibly offensive."
In a dramatic display on Sunday, the Clippers came together at center court and turned their warmup shirts inside out before Game 4 of their first-round playoff series at Golden State. Game 5 of the series will be played in L.A. tonight.
Judge Andrew Napolitano sat down on the Fox and Friends couch this morning to assess the legal issues at play concerning the audiotape, which was recorded without Sterling's knowledge. Napolitano explained that the recording was illegally done and would be thrown out of a courtroom.
He noted that NBA owners agree to "comport themselves" in a way that is in the best interest of the team and the league and because of that, Sterling will be "severely" punished. He stressed that whether the tape was legally or illegally made does not matter with regard to Sterling's impending punishment by the league.
The discussion then switched gears to an expected Supreme Court ruling on cell phone searches by police. At issue is whether police officers can seize a suspect's cell phone and look through it during an arrest, even if they do not have a warrant.
Napolitano said he expects the justices to say that cops must go to a judge and get a warrant before looking at the contents of a cell phone.
Watch the discussion above, and check back daily on Fox News Insider for all of Judge Nap's analysis!