Feb 262014
 February 26, 2014  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Nina Totenberg reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may search a home without a warrant if one person who lives there consents, even if another occupant has previously objected. The 6-3 decision would seem to seriously undercut a 2006 high court ruling that barred warrantless searches of a home where the occupants disagreed on giving consent.

In 2006, the justices, by a close vote, ruled that when two occupants of a home disagree about whether to allow police to conduct a warrantless search, the police must defer to the person who objects. But now the court has ruled that when the objecting occupant is no longer there, his objections are no longer valid.

Read more on NPR. You can read Reuters coverage here and the L.A. Times coverage here.

You’ll likely also want to read Orin Kerr’s thoughts on the opinion.

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