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Tag: Search and Seizure

May
21st

Warrantless searches are no easier, no matter what you read

“Where’s your search warrant!”

Over the years I have heard some version of this statement countless times, usually in situations with the potential for violence. Since we live in a free country where a person’s “home is his castle,” I usually assume that the resident won’t be happy to see a uniformed police officer crossing his threshold without a warrant. But let’s face it, bad things can happen inside a home, which is why the 4th Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure is so often the topic of criminal case precedents such as the one described in a recent Washington Post article reprinted in The Trib.

The only problem is that the article is incorrect.

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