Thursday, April 24, 2008

Court broadens police power in searches

The Supreme Court ruled on a Virginia case that deals with the ability of police to conduct searches. Check out the article here.

"The Supreme Court affirmed yesterday that police have the power to conduct searches and seize evidence, even when done during an arrest that turns out to have violated state law.

The federal government said Moore's case had the potential to greatly increase the class of unconstitutional arrests, resulting in evidence seized during searches being excluded with increasing frequency.

Looking to state laws to provide the basis for searches would introduce uncertainty into the legal system, the 18 states said in court papers."

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