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    Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    In a truly bipartisan 5-4 vote, SCOTUS upholds right to privacy in our homes.

    Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police CBS Miami

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The United States Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police must first get a search warrant before bringing drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspects property.


    ...“The police cannot, without a warrant based on probable cause, hang around on the lawn or in the side garden, trawling for evidence and perhaps peering into the windows of the home,” Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority. “And the officers here had all four of their feet and all four of their companion’s, planted firmly on that curtilage — the front porch is the classic example of an area intimately associated with the life of the home.”

    He was joined in his opinion by Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
    Talk about an oddly flavored majority. Staunch conservatives, Thomas and Scalia, agreeing with the most liberal contingent on the court: the three women.

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    In a truly bipartisan 5-4 vote, SCOTUS upholds right to privacy in our homes.

    Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police CBS Miami



    Talk about an oddly flavored majority. Staunch conservatives, Thomas and Scalia, agreeing with the most liberal contingent on the court: the three women.
    Seems like a brilliant decision for a change!

    Not sure why it was only 5-4 !

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Gotta love when the SCOTUS bucks the partisan nature that so many believe they are chained to.

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Seems like only 5 of them give a flying squirrel's ass about our constitutional rights.
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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    Seems like a brilliant decision for a change!

    Not sure why it was only 5-4 !
    Yeah, right? What's up with Roberts, this seems like he'd have been right there with them on this.

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    In a truly bipartisan 5-4 vote, SCOTUS upholds right to privacy in our homes.

    Talk about an oddly flavored majority. Staunch conservatives, Thomas and Scalia, agreeing with the most liberal contingent on the court: the three women.
    Women, like squirrels, get it right every once in a while, too.

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Yeah, right? What's up with Roberts, this seems like he'd have been right there with them on this.
    I'm trusting him less and less as time goes on!

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Quote Originally Posted by penn1954 View Post
    Seems like a brilliant decision for a change!

    Not sure why it was only 5-4 !
    Yeah. Seems like it should have been a no-brainer: 9-0. I'm just glad to see T & S being on the same page as Sotomeyer, Ginsburg and Kagan on this.

    I have no idea what was running through the heads of Robets, Alito, Kennedy and Breyer except this vague quote from CJ Roberts.
    “A reasonable person understands that odors emanating from a house may be detected from locations that are open to the public, and a reasonable person will not count on the strength of those odors remaining within the range that, while detectable by a dog, cannot be smelled by a human.”
    Reading the details of this case, it's clear that the smell was not detected from the sidewalk. THe cops brought the dog right up to the door. So, Robert's statement is sort of disingenuous.

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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    This is good news.A police dog is no different than a wire tap, FLIR or some other police tool used to search.The 4th amendment applies yourself,house, personnel effects and other property.
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    Re: Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    In a truly bipartisan 5-4 vote, SCOTUS upholds right to privacy in our homes.

    Supreme Court Limits Drug-Sniffing Dog Usage By Police CBS Miami



    Talk about an oddly flavored majority. Staunch conservatives, Thomas and Scalia, agreeing with the most liberal contingent on the court: the three women.
    I can see how both groups can arrive at the same conclusion, but from different starting points. Note before I go any further: these are broad generalities with many exceptions. I am not trying to paint either group as being entirely as I state in this.

    For conservatives, protection from the government is for many a guiding principal. For them, this is a nobrainer, protecting the rights of individuals from a government. For liberals, individual rights are a key ideal, and for them, this is a nobrainer, protecting individual rights.
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