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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Police Need Warrants to Search Cars in Driveways, Rules High Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the Constitution's privacy protection to include vehicles that are parked on a home's driveway or carport, ruling that police need a search warrant before they may inspect them.

In general, police may look closely at cars that are parked along public roads, without the need for a search warrant.

But in Tuesday's 8-1 ruling, the justices said a vehicle parked in a carport or on private property adjacent to a home deserves the privacy protection of the 4th Amendment.

"When a law enforcement officer physically intrudes" on private property and walks up to a house to look for evidence, "a search within the meaning of the 4th Amendment has occurred," wrote Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Collins vs. Virginia. "Such conduct thus is presumptively unreasonable without a warrant."



Anonymous said...

How about we let the system work the way it is supposed to and have the police get warrants. Then after they have obtained a lawfully issued warrant they are free to investigate and arrest to their little hearts content.

Anonymous said...

The Police State (enforcement of unConstitutional Statutory Laws) is completely out of control.
The public cannot real in this power as it is tyrannical in nature.
The police are ignorant of that in which they participate and have no appreciation for the implications of these laws.

Anonymous said...

can't get promoted that way Dude

Anonymous said...

How about you don't steal a motorcycle?