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SCOTUS Allows DNA Swabs During Arrests

June 3, 2013
The 5-4 ruling came in Maryland v. King, where a convicted rapist had argued his Fourth Amendment privacy rights were violated when police used DNA to connect him to an earlier crime.

Video: Calif. Cops TASER Domestic Suspect In Home

May 16, 2013
Cotati (Calif.) Police officers entered the home of a military veteran after a neighbor called 911 Friday to report a domestic dispute. The veteran released his video of the episode that he says shows police improperly entered his home.

Dogs, Drugs, and the Fourth Amendment

May 3, 2013

Two cases from Florida have brought the U.S. Supreme Court to two different conclusions regarding K-9 searches in 2013. One is an affirmation of existing practice, but the other breaks new ground and imposes new limits.

Search Warrant Detentions

April 30, 2013

When you make a search of premises under authority of a search warrant, it is generally permissible to detain the occupants pending completion of the search. The authority to do so, and the rationale supporting detention, were limited by a 2013 decision.

Supreme Court Requires Warrant for DUI Blood Tests

April 17, 2013
The United States Supreme Court required officers to obtain a warrant before drawing blood from a suspected drunk driver in a decision announced Wednesday.

Video: Troopers Indicted for Roadside Cavity Search

March 27, 2013
A Dallas County grand jury has indicted two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on criminal charges stemming from a roadside cavity search of two north Texas women in July.

Supreme Court: K-9 Search Violated Home Privacy

March 26, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a marijuana grower's privacy rights Tuesday, when a majority of justices decided a Florida K-9's alert outside a home resulted in an unconstitutional arrest.

Supreme Court Limits Detention Powers In Searches

February 19, 2013
Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police detectives who detained two suspects, while officers searched a dwelling exceeded the scope of their search warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Supreme Court Validates K-9 Search

February 19, 2013
A Florida police dog's alert at a traffic stop that led to a van driver's conviction on drug charges established probable cause for the search, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Video: Cop Confiscates Video from 'Citizen Journalist'

February 18, 2013
A woman who considers herself a "citizen journalist" told KATU she plans to sue, after a Gresham (Ore.) Police officer seized video she captured during an arrest.

Ore. Cop Seizes Activist's Video

February 18, 2013

A woman who considers herself a "citizen journalist" said she plans to sue, after a Gresham (Ore.) Police officer seized video she captured during an arrest. Read the full story here.

Consent Searches

February 5, 2013

Warrantless searches are presumed to be unreasonable, but the U.S. Supreme Court has acknowledged that a warrantless search may still be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment if it falls within the guidelines of one or more of a limited number of exceptions.

NYPD Begins Testing Handgun Scanners

January 23, 2013
The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday.

Warrantless DUI Tests Head To Supreme Court

January 10, 2013
Supreme Court justices showed unease Wednesday about letting police without a search warrant draw a blood sample from an unwilling drunken-driving suspect, but they also expressed sympathy for the urgency faced by officers in such traffic stops.

Kentucky Dorm Room Raid

December 12, 2012

Warning: The video features explicit content. Two University of Kentucky, Lexington campus police officers are under fire for forcing their way into the dorm room of a student, who videotaped the encounter and posted it on YouTube. Read the full story here.

Ariz. Officers Claim Privacy Violation In DNA Lawsuit

December 11, 2012
Three Phoenix Police officers claim their privacy rights were violated when they were forced to give DNA samples during the investigation into the mysterious death of a fellow officer.

Entry to Secure

December 10, 2012

As previous "Point of Law" articles have discussed, there are four—and only four—legal justifications for entering private premises. For several reasons, the preferred authority for entry is a judicial warrant.

DNA Case Heads To U.S. Supreme Court

November 12, 2012
A convicted rapist is challenging a Maryland law that allows police to take a DNA sample from violent suspects, arguing his Fourth Amendment privacy rights have been violated.

Use of Drones by Seattle Police Strikes a Nerve

November 6, 2012
The vocal opposition against the drones came into sharp focus two weeks ago during a public meeting in Seattle when members of the Seattle Police Department were shouted down with chants of "No drones!"

Expanded Definition of "Search"

November 5, 2012

When the government, in an attempt to get information, "trespasses" on any of the items specifically listed in the Fourth Amendment ("persons, houses, papers and effects"), this constitutes a "search," whether or not there is any infringement of a suspect's legitimate expectation of privacy.

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