Citing Jones, High Court Deems Porch Search Unconstitutional

Law360, New York (March 26, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot use drug-sniffing dogs on a homeowner's porch without a warrant, citing reasoning advanced in its landmark U.S. v. Jones decision that Fourth Amendment protections apply to physical intrusions on personal property.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court agreed with the Florida Supreme Court that evidence collected after a drug-sniffing dog on the front porch of suspect Joelis Jardines' house detected drugs should be suppressed because the canine investigation violated the Fourth Amendment's bar on unreasonable...
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