Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Attack on the Fourth Amendment :Supreme Court opens door to avoiding warrants in drug cases

The Fourth Amendment is seriously taking a beating, and the latest assault comes straight down from the US Supreme Court, who just ruled – eight to one! – that cops can bust down your door without a warrant if they smell marijuana.

Supreme Court sides with police who, lacking warrant, followed smell of pot into apartment

The only one of the group with any common sense was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who dissented. In her dissent, Ginsburg said her colleagues were giving police an easy way to routinely avoid getting warrants in drug cases.

“Police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, never mind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant,” she said.

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