Archive for Friday, June 26, 2009

Court narrows scope of car searches

June 26, 2009


— The Kansas Supreme Court struck down a law allowing police to search for evidence of any crime in a traffic stop, rather than only evidence to support the crime for which the stop was made.

The court’s unanimous ruling Friday has the effect of narrowing the scope of a search that can be made without a warrant when a driver is stopped. The ruling is from a 2006 Emporia case where drug paraphernalia was found in a vehicle.

The court said it was compelled to strike down the law because of an April ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that put new limits on the ability of police to search a vehicle immediately after an arrest.


John Hamm 8 years, 10 months ago

You don't have to watch "Cops" to see how often the Police used the "This guy's got a taillight out I'm gonna stop - and search him" tactic.

Jim Phillips 8 years, 10 months ago

I fail to see where this is that big of an issue in the general scheme of things.

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