Police officers usually must have a search warrant before requiring a suspected drunk driver to have his blood drawn, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. The justices rejected Missouri prosecutors' contention that police should have the freedom to act quickly and dispense with a warrant because alcohol dissipates in the blood. Instead, the court said it would hold fast to its view that the 4th Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches means the police usually need a warrant from a magistrate before invading a person's privacy.
A Los Angeles ordinance that requires hotel owners to keep guest registries and permit police to inspect them without a search warrant. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 against a motel owner whose guest registries had been searched by Los Angeles police without consent. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 against a motel owner whose guest registries had been searched by Los Angeles police without consent.
A federal judge in New York has allowed another government agency to invade the privacy of Americans. Judge Edward R. Korman ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents may confiscate and examine the contents of laptop computers of Americans returning to the country even if they lack reasonable suspicion that the devices contain evidence of criminal activity.
Trisha Oliver called 911 from her apartment when her six-year-old son, Marco Nieves, stopped breathing. He died 11 hours later. Kite, a policeman viewed a text message on the phone, without a warrant. Reading "Wat if I got 2 take him 2 da hospital wat do I say and dos marks on his neck omg." There were also other messages on the phone. Patino was arrested and charged with murder. But legality of warrantless cell phone seizures is still unsettled nationwide.