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Suspect’s wife validly consented to warrantless search

A suspect’s decision to remain silent behind a locked bedroom door did not amount to an objection that would override his wife’s consent to a warrantless search of the premises by police, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled in reversing ...

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Justices won’t let Mich. defendant reargue diminished capacity

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan murder defendant’s due process rights were not violated when a change in state law following his 1994 conviction prevented him from reasserting a diminished-capacity defense when he later won a new ...

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Justices to decide if co-tenant’s consent to search overrides prior objection

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a tenant who previously objected to a warrantless search of an apartment must be personally present and objecting to prevent a search when police officers later ask a co-tenant for consent ...

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Juvenile’s parole restrictions not ‘cruel and unusual’

The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment did not require the deletion of parole restrictions on consecutive sentences that cumulatively exceeded a juvenile defendant’s life expectancy, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.

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