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High Court Limits 4th Amendment’s 'Automobile Exception'

Law360, Washington (May 29, 2018, 12:50 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court held Tuesday that Virginia police needed a warrant to walk onto a private driveway and inspect a motorcycle suspected to have been used to evade police, ruling that there are limits to a legal doctrine saying warrants aren’t needed for automobile searches under the Fourth Amendment.

In an 8-1 vote, the court reversed a Virginia Supreme Court decision that blessed an Albemarle County police officer’s decision to walk up to the side of the house, lift a tarp concealing the motorcycle and take...
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Case Information

Case Title

Ryan Austin Collins, Petitioner v. Virginia

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Supreme Court

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Date Filed

February 24, 2017

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