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SCOTUS Rules Evidence Cannot Be Suppressed Just Because an Officer Made a "Reasonable" Traffic Stop Mistake

December 16, 2014
Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the keystone of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable search and seizure is the word "unreasonable." And in this case, the officer's belief that having a broken tail light was illegal counted as a reasonable mistake. The traffic stop and the subsequent consensual search of the car were therefore also reasonable.

New Bill Would Require NYPD to Get Suspect's Search Consent

November 14, 2014
Members of New York City's City Council are introducing a bill that would force police officers to get written or audio permission from a suspect before they could conduct a search.

The 5 Biggest Search-and-Seizure Myths

November 11, 2014

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court made the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule binding on the states in the 1961 decision in Mapp v. Ohio, thousands of published decisions from state and federal courts have applied the exclusionary rule to thousands of searches and seizures. It's no wonder the 50-year tidal wave of exclusionary decisions has left confusion and misunderstanding in its wake. Here are five areas of the law that seem to suffer the most in translation.

Pa. Court Rules on Warrantless Vehicle Searches

May 15, 2014
The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court ruled last week that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. The split-decision from the Supreme Court allows police to conduct searches of cars based only on probable cause.

Supreme Court to Hear Cases of Cell Phone Searches

April 28, 2014
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, will hear cases involving search of personal cell phones incident to arrest.

Chasing Misdemeanants

January 6, 2014

Some search-and-seizure rules are not very clear, and state and local federal courts might apply them differently. How can you be expected to pick and choose the right rule on an issue for which there doesn't seem to be just one "right" rule?

Calif. Law Requires Juvenile Interrogation Videotaping

October 15, 2013
A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday requires police agencies to videotape interrogations of juvenile suspects in homicide cases to prevent false confessions.

Video: Fla. Officer Suspended In Bra Search

September 27, 2013
The Lakeland (Fla.) Police officer who told a woman to shake out her bra for drugs received a one-day suspension. Officer Dustin Fetz must also complete re-training in arrest, search and seizure laws and procedures, and complete an in-depth research project.

SCOTUS To Hear Co-Tenant Search Case

September 6, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a California case involving a suspect arrested by police after his girlfriend allowed officers to search the couple's apartment.

Judge Awards $4M To Calif. Couple Shot by Deputies

August 15, 2013
A federal judge awarded a Lancaster couple $4 million Tuesday for injuries they suffered when two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies shot them during a parolee search.

K-9 Vehicle Searches

August 6, 2013

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases from Florida have clarified the use of police dogs by officers for search vehicles and private properties. Law enforcement appeared to score a victory in Florida v. Harris, in which the court validated a search that resulted in the discovery of narcotics in a vehicle. View our gallery of K-9 vehicle searches. Photos courtesy of Becki and John Johnston/AceK9.com.

Open Wide and Say, "Ahhh"

August 5, 2013

Under what circumstances would the Fourth Amendment allow routine collection of DNA samples upon arrest and booking? A recent Supreme Court decision addressed this issue.

Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Upheld

August 1, 2013
In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant.

Judge: Nebraska Troopers Must Return $1M To Stripper

July 25, 2013
The Nebraska State Patrol must return more than $1 million in suspected drug money seized during a traffic stop that belongs to a former stripper, a judge has ruled.

Video: Driver Questions Deputy at DUI Checkpoint

July 9, 2013
A Libertarian Party member's recording of his interaction with a Rutherford County (Tenn.) Sheriff's deputy at a DUI checkpoint went viral following the July 4 stop.

Video: Texas Trooper Fired for Roadside Cavity Search

July 8, 2013
A female Texas trooper has been fired and her male partner suspended for a roadside cavity search of two bikini-clad women in Brazoria County.

Texas Trooper Fired for Roadside Cavity Search

July 8, 2013

A female Texas trooper has been fired and her male partner suspended over a roadside cavity search of a bikini-clad woman in Brazoria County. Read the full story here.

Prosecutor: Ohio Agency's Fake Drug Checkpoints Legal

July 1, 2013
An Ohio agency's face drug checkpoints don't violate a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that officers can't randomly stop cars to search motorists for drugs, a prosecutor told The Plain Dealer.

Video: Hackers Target Fla. Cop After Bra Search

June 26, 2013
Internet hackers posted the personal information of a Lakeland (Fla.) Police officer on social media sites, after dash-cam video showed him forcing a female motorist to shake out her bra during a late-May traffic stop.

Fla. Cop Suspended Over Bra Search

June 26, 2013

Dash-cam footage shows a Lakeland (Fla.) Police officer requiring a woman to twice shake out her bra during a vehicle stop to prove she didn't have drugs. Read the full story here.

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