Justices Agree To Hear Nonrenter Car Searches Challenge

By Bryan Koenig (September 28, 2017, 1:55 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a rental car driver's challenge to a warrantless search of the vehicle that police justified on the grounds that he wasn't on the rental agreement, searches the likes of which have deeply split federal circuit courts and even some states.

Terrence Byrd contends that the search of his car by Pennsylvania state troopers — which yielded heroin and a bulletproof vest and resulted in a guilty plea and a 10-year federal prison sentence — would not have been permitted had the Eighth or Ninth circuits been the ones to hear his appeal....

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