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25 years ago: Semi tips over in busy Lawrence intersection

May 16, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 16, 1988:

  • The driver of a semi-tractor trailer was injured this morning when his rig overturned at Sixth and Iowa streets. The driver, who was not identified and whose condition had not been released, had been traveling east on Sixth and was in the process of making a right turn to go south on Iowa when he had lost control and tipped over into a guardrail, knocking over a wooden utility pole at the intersection. The 11:30 a.m. accident had slowed traffic for about an hour, while Lawrence firefighters extricated the driver.
  • In Washington, the Supreme Court ruled today that Americans had no right to privacy to their garbage after it has been put out for collection. The case had come before the court when two California residents had been arrested after police had found evidence of narcotics in their trash. "The police cannot reasonably be expected to avert their eyes from evidence of criminal activity that could have been observed by any member of the public," said Justice Byron R. White. He added that it was "common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left on or at the side of a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops and other members of the public." White explained that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which required a search warrant before police searches, did not apply to discarded trash because people had no "expectation of privacy" for their garbage.


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