News Item: (USA) Supreme Court tightens the ability to search vehicles
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Thursday 23 April 2009 - 23:54:24

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police officers in Fargo are being briefed on new rules today after the supreme court made a ruling limiting officers' ability to search your vehicle.

The Supreme Court’s opinion changes rules officers have used for thirty years. Before this decision, if an officer arrested a driver, she could search the vehicle for no reason.

Now that is not allowed. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police officers in Fargo are being briefed on new rules today after the supreme court made a ruling limiting officers' ability to search your vehicle.

The Supreme Court’s opinion changes rules officers have used for thirty years. Before this decision, if an officer arrested a driver, she could search the vehicle for no reason. Now that is not allowed.

Defense Attorney Ross Brandborg is looking over his cases today to see if the Supreme Court’s recent ruling will help his clients. It's based on a case from Arizona.

“It was as a driving under suspension charge and the allegation is, what other evidence of driving under suspension are you going to find in the vehicle?”

Brandborg says this decision is a win for personal property rights.

“They certainly aren't going to have just a naked right to search a vehicle upon an arrest.”

Chief Keith Ternes/Fargo Police: “It is a significant change I think for law enforcement across the country.”

Chief Keith Ternes is making sure officers know a tool has been taken out of their toolbox. He says it is a setback, primarily to some types of drug cases.

“There are a number of cases that are made by law enforcement that are the result of that type of a blanket or open ended search.”

But the chief says officers can still search vehicles with consent, probable cause, after it’s impounded by police, or with a warrant.

“I don't think that that's going to set back our ability to make good solid cases when it comes to finding contraband or some other illegal item inside of a vehicle.”

This five to four opinion surprised some who study the Supreme Court. Many feel this shows the court is willing to now lean towards personal privacy rights.

http://www.wday.com/news/index.cfm?id=9839


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