The high court found that police had violated the Oregon Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches because Lien and Wilverding had privacy interests in their trash and because the garbage hauling company acted as “an agent” of police by collecting the trash for a detective.
May 13, 2019
By a 2-1 vote, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said two Kansas Highway Patrol officers violated the constitutional rights of Colorado motorist Peter Vasquez in December 2011 by pulling him over and searching his car after he had been driving alone at night on Interstate 70.
August 25, 2016
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.
December 16, 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.
November 14, 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.
May 15, 2014
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, will hear cases involving search of personal cell phones incident to arrest.
April 28, 2014
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.
October 15, 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.
September 27, 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.
September 6, 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.
August 15, 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.
August 6, 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.
August 1, 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.
July 25, 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.
July 9, 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.
July 8, 2013