A strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of a lawfully stopped automobile justified the warrantless search of the vehicle’s passenger, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled in affirming a drug conviction.
The question of whether the warrantless search of a cellphone’s content violates the Fourth Amendment has divided state and federal courts, making it one of the thorniest legal issues around.
The 2nd Circuit yesterday revived the civil rights suit of a man who was stopped and arrested after flipping off a police officer he observed manning a speed trap.
WASHINGTON – Oral arguments in two Fourth Amendment cases before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday focused on a common question: just what does a dog’s nose know?
Police needed probable cause in order to stop the flight of a suspected drug suspect by firing Taser darts into his back, Maryland’s highest court has ruled in reversing the denial of a motion to suppress.
WASHINGTON – Last year, federal, state and local law enforcement authorities made more than 1.3 million requests for consumers’ cell phone records, according to wireless carriers’ response to a congressional inquiry.
A police officer did not have probable cause for a traffic stop because he relied solely on his visual estimate that the driver was traveling 75 mph in a 70-mph zone, the 4th Circuit has ruled in reversing a drug conviction.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to clearly answer the question of whether plaintiffs can bring First Amendment-based retaliatory arrest claims despite the existence of probable cause.
The continued uncertainty has disappointed legal experts and advocates on both sides of the issue.
A city was required to satisfy the traditional probable cause standard in order to obtain a court order for the inspection of a home for zoning violations, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.
A former San Carlos, Calif. resident has settled for $150,000 after suing two police officers who broke into his home with guns drawn after a minor car crash in 2003, his attorney said.