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Dogs, Drugs, and the Fourth Amendment

Dogs, Drugs, and the Fourth Amendment

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.

May 3, 2013

Strip Searching Misdemeanor Arrestees

Strip Searching Misdemeanor Arrestees

After issuing a series of decisions over the years that have been mostly deferential to custodial officials in managing their secure facilities, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a new ruling on the constitutionality of visual strip searches of minor-offense arrestees.

June 1, 2012

Vehicle Checkpoints

Vehicle Checkpoints

Checkpoint stops are different-multiple vehicles are stopped one after the other, at the same place, without any suspicion beforehand that anyone in particular may be engaged in unlawful activity.

November 1, 2011

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

When you take down a drug house, or enter a home to investigate domestic violence, or serve a search warrant at a residence, which of the multiple people that you sometimes encounter would have the legal standing to challenge the lawfulness of your entry and search?

March 10, 2011

K-9 Drug Detection Cases

K-9 Drug Detection Cases

In the usual case, both the seizure and the search must be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment in order for the evidence to be admissible. The U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts have considered both issues when officers have used K-9s to detect contraband.

January 3, 2011

Reasonable Execution of Search Warrants

Reasonable Execution of Search Warrants

A search conducted under a valid search warrant can still violate the Fourth Amendment if it is conducted in an unreasonable manner. "It is incumbent upon the officer executing a search warrant to ensure the search is lawfully authorized and lawfully conducted." (Groh v. Ramirez)

August 1, 2007

Knock Before Entry

Knock Before Entry

Is it always necessary to comply with knock notice before forcing entry to serve a search warrant?

February 1, 2004

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