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Supreme Court ruling expands police authority in home searches
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By David G. Savage

February 25, 2014, 8:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.

The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a Los Angeles Police Department arrest in 2009, gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when there is no emergency.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-scot...z2uRnalTIg
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I understand the concept but why can they not just hold the scene until they get the warrant. If I was a cop I'd want a warrant every time to cover my ass.


Jon Doe;136148 Wrote:By David G. Savage

February 25, 2014, 8:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.

The 6-3 ruling, triggered by a Los Angeles Police Department arrest in 2009, gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when there is no emergency.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-scot...z2uRnalTIg
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Warrants can take forever to get and sometimes time is a factor. The other thing is there may not actually be probable cause for a warrant. Therefore the cop relies on the consent of a homeowner who is too stupid to figure out they can say "no".

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Actually, I'm surprised they're still allowing people to say "no". Shrug
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