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Submission + - Supreme Court Approves Warrantless Home Invasions (usatoday.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Supreme Court has made it significantly easier for police to force their way into a home without a warrant. On Monday, the court, by an 8-1 vote, upheld the warrantless search of an apartment ... police pursuing a drug suspect banged on the door of an apartment where they thought they smelled marijuana. After loudly identifying themselves, police heard movement inside, and suspecting that evidence was being destroyed, kicked in the door ... they found Hollis Deshaun King, smoking marijuana. Police also found cocaine ... King was not the suspect police had been looking for, but the drug evidence in the apartment was more than enough to charge him with multiple crimes. King was sentenced to 11 years in prison ... 'Occupants who choose not to stand on their constitutional rights but instead elect to attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame for the warrantless exigent-circumstances search that may ensue,' wrote [Justice] Alito.
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Supreme Court Approves Warrantless Home Invasions

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