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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-22-08 09:52 AM
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Court: Drug dogs can sniff outside home without search warrant

by The Associated Press
Wednesday May 21, 2008, 3:16 PM
Press File PhotoPolice dogs don't need a warrant.

LANSING -- The Michigan Court of Appeals says it's OK for police to use dogs to sniff the exterior of a house to detect drugs without a search warrant.

The 2-1 ruling released Wednesday is a setback for Jeffrey Jones of Detroit.

A Wayne County judge had suppressed evidence and dismissed marijuana possession charges against Jones because he argued the sniffing was an illegal search. Prosecutors appealed.

Two judges on the appeals court say police, acting on a tip, can go to someone's home with drug-detection dogs, sniff the front door and use that information to get a warrant to search inside the house.


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Posted by roballmighty on 05/21/08 at 6:56PM

I heard on NPR that one of the reasons the judges said it was legal is because your front porch is public property. Since when is my front porch public property? If the dog is sniffing something in my house then isn't that a search OF my house? Can't use thermal sensors to find grow lights in a house, but a dog is ok?


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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-22-08 09:59 AM
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1. I thought a man's home was his castle
That's what Judge Murphy decided on the Ossian Sweet Case.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-22-08 10:48 AM
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2. Bad decision. I hope it gets appealed further
My front porch is public property? So I can ask the city to fix it using public funds? Hmmm, I didn't think so.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-22-08 02:42 PM
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3. IF that is what the decision actually says (and what a stupid thing it is if true),
maybe we should all go to the porches of the judges who rendered the decision, crack a beer, and cook up a few burgers. The judges would be welcome, of course... public property and all.

:D
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-23-08 07:52 AM
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4. I'm invoking Godwin's Law here, but:
Edited on Fri May-23-08 07:53 AM by PassingFair
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-23-08 11:19 AM
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5. The next time someone invokes Godwin's Law to refute a Nazi comparison,
just tell them this:

"Godwin can go straight to hell".

:D
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