Florida v Jardines
In 2012 I wrote a casenote on the 4th amendment, dog sniff case, Florida v. Jardines. Read on below.
FLORIDA V. JARDINES: THE SUPREME COURT CURBS DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS
Caleb R. Trotter
In Florida v. Jardines, the United States Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether law enforcement is permitted to use drug-sniffing dogs to investigate areas on private property surrounding homes for drugs without a search warrant. In a 5-4 decision, the Court limited law enforcement’s ability to search a home via drug-sniffing dogs without a warrant, classifying such a search as a trespass.
Jardines extended the recent line of Fourth Amendment cases limiting law enforcement by expanding the definition of “unreasonable searches and seizures” and focusing on the original meaning of the Amendment. By continuing this trend, the Court signaled that law enforcement must still...
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