Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Supreme Court OKs warrantless searches

The Supreme Court ruled that no warrant is necessary if police suspect that evidence is being destroyed:

The Supreme Court on Monday gave police more leeway to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they suspect the evidence might be destroyed.

The justices said officers who smell marijuana and loudly knock on the door may break in if they hear sounds that suggest the residents are scurrying to hide the drugs.

Residents who "attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame" when police burst in, Justice Samuel Alito said for an 8-1 majority.

Full story here.

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