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Rodriguez v US – no such thing as a de minimis expansion of traffic stop under the 4th Amendment

Rodriguez v. the United States, No. 13-9972, United States Supreme Court, Vacated and Remanded, April 21, 2015. Officer Struble, a K-9 police officer, made a traffic stop after observing Rodriguez driving on the highway shoulder. After checking Rodriguez’s license, tag, and insurance and the licenses of the passengers, Struble issued Rodriguez a warning for driving […]

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Florence v. Board of Chose Freeholders of County of Burlington et al.: U.S. Supreme Court okays strip searches for non-serious crimes like DUI arrests and traffic stops

In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, the petitioner argues that an involuntary visual strip search of a detainee absent of reasonable suspicion that he or she may attempt to smuggle contraband into the general population of a jail violates the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court concluded that […]

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