Monday, January 24, 2005

State Prevails in Illinois v. Caballes

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today, in Illinois v. Caballes, that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures when they called in a trained drug-detecting dog during a lawful traffic stop. The dog-sniff was conducted entirely outside the defendant's car after he was stopped for speeding. For more information, see the parties' briefs, from the ABA Division for Public Education, and a transcript of the oral arguments, from the Court's web site.

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