Police Can Search Homes If Objector Isn't There: High Court

Law360, Los Angeles (February 25, 2014, 10:16 PM EST) -- Police do not need a warrant to enter and search a home as long as an occupant consents, even if other, absent residents had previously objected, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

In a 6-3 decision, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. upheld a California state court's decision rejecting robbery suspect Walter Fernandez’s attempt to suppress evidence found in his home during a police search. When Los Angeles police responding to a robbery came to Fernandez’s home, his partner Roxanne Rojas opened the door, appearing battered. Fernandez, also...
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