The Supreme Court Says Warrant-less Searches Are Cool With Them

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The Supreme Court recently came down with a majority rule decision that has the potential to usher the United States into a world of warrant-less property searches. The highest court in the land ruled in favor of the Lexington, Kentucky Police Department who busted down the door of one Hollis Deshaun King while on a separate call to a housing complex after smelling marijuana coming from under his apartment door. According to police testimony, after knocking and announcing their presence outside of the apartment they heard sounds consistent with the destruction of evidence going on behind the door. This prompted the Police to use the “extenuating circumstances” doctrine under the Fourth Amendment which wasn’t made for this purpose until the good folks at the Supreme Court got with Young Money for the re-mix of our civil rights.

Under the “police-created exigency” doctrine, which lower courts have developed as an exception to the exigent circumstances rule under the Fourth Amendment exigent circumstance do not justify a warrantless search when the exigency is “created” or “manufactured” by the conduct of the police. The lower courts have not agreed, however, on the test for determining when police impermissibly create an exigency.

Shout out to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was the only Justice to offer a dissenting opinion.  You can read the full article here.

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Author: TRJ

Political pondering as seen through a smoky purple hazed shade. A poet and provocateur who won't remember how and why I may have offended you please refrain from complaining. I love the kids; nature and I promote peace and humanity as mush as I can when not fighting domestic terrorist aka 'The Man'.

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