Samantha Hawkins reports on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lange v. California:
Raising the bar for the exception to warrant requirements under the Fourth Amendment, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that police should get less leeway when investigating misdemeanor crimes versus felonies in progress.
“The flight of a suspected misdemeanant does not always justify a warrantless entry into a home,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court. “An officer must consider all the circumstances in a pursuit case to determine whether there is a law enforcement emergency.”
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