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SCOTUS Appears To Give Police More Leeway In Searches

January 13, 2011  | 

Police officers smelling marijuana from a dwelling can break down the door and enter if they have reason to believe the evidence might be destroyed, several Supreme Court's justices suggested Wednesday.

In the past, the high court has said officers need a search warrant to enter a home, but during arguments in a drug case, the court's conservatives said they favored relaxing that rule when police say they have a need to act fast, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The case stems from a narcotics bust in October 2005, when police entered the apartment of Hollis King in Lexington, Ky., after they smelled marijuana.

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