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11
Jan

A CURTILAGE JUST ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE (SIGH!)

A curtilage just isn’t what it used to be. Ah, we long for the good old days. Here, the defendant was being investigated on drug charges. Agents placed a mobile tracking device on his Jeep while in his driveway. The driveway had no special features that raised an expectation of privacy necessary for curtilage protection …

21
Oct

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR “ONE SWERVE” ANONYMOUS TIPSTER DUI CASE

United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Samuel Alito lobbied hard to gain enough colleagues to vote to hear a DUI case out of Virginia where the cop pulled over a driver based solely on the tip from an anonymous tipster that he saw the driver “swerve once.” The cop, however, saw no bad driving himself. …

21
Apr

BIG WIN IN THE SUPREMES: COPS NEED WARRANT TO SEARCH PASSENGER AREAS OF CARS WHEN SUSPECT IS LOCKED UP

WASHINGTON ­ The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police need a warrant to search the vehicle of someone they have arrested if the person is locked up in a patrol cruiser and poses no safety threat to officers. The court’s 5-4 decision puts new limits on the ability of police to search a vehicle immediately …

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