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Supreme Court: Pennsylvania cops no longer need a warrant to search citizensí vehicles
LancasterOnline.com ^ | 04/30/2014 | Brett Hambright

Posted on 04/30/2014 2:36:59 PM PDT by doc390

Pennsylvania police officers no longer need a warrant to search a citizen’s vehicle, according to a recent state Supreme Court opinion.

The high court’s opinion, released Tuesday, is being called a drastic change in citizens’ rights and police powers.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: consent; pascotus; pennsylvania; search; searchwarrant; vehicle; vehiclesearch; warrantless
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Great for certain situations in which drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons, etc. present probable cause, but, how many times will this lead to imagined or manufactured probable cause that wouldn't pass the smell test. In today's environment of increased government & police power, & the evolving militarization of police departments across the country, how much easier does this make it for a police officer to cross the line?

The decision doesn't prevent an officer from still asking for a consent search.

Also, as a non-lawyer, I was surprised that this was a state decision & not already decided at the federal level as a 4th amendment issue.

1 posted on 04/30/2014 2:36:59 PM PDT by doc390
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"If we change ANY part of the way we live, THE TERRORISTS WIN...!

REMEMBER when they used to say that..?

2 posted on 04/30/2014 2:39:41 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: doc390

It appears the goal is to wear Americans down bit by bit until we simply give up and surrender to slavery.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 2:40:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: doc390

It’s great for NO situations. Period!


4 posted on 04/30/2014 2:41:50 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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I wuz recently stopped for speeding. The cop stayed well back of the B-pillar while getting the "papers" and conducting the "interrogation".

Fortunately, I was eventually free to go...

5 posted on 04/30/2014 2:42:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: doc390

One less limit on the power of the state and one less protection for individual liberty.


6 posted on 04/30/2014 2:43:21 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: Paladin2

Yes but did the hero make it home safe


7 posted on 04/30/2014 2:43:57 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: doc390

Either the Constitution applies to all or some cop can fudge “probable cause” to mean whatever they want at any time.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 2:44:00 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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9 posted on 04/30/2014 2:44:38 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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Hidden rationale - the judges are tired of being bothered with so many requests for warrants, and they just rubberstamp them anyway.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 2:45:31 PM PDT by Cboldt
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In all of my (ancient) previous interactions, the copper was directly outside the driver's door.

Apparently there are new guidelines.

11 posted on 04/30/2014 2:49:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: doc390

All in the name of protecting people from themselves. My tagline.


12 posted on 04/30/2014 2:49:38 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Puppage

Agreed.


13 posted on 04/30/2014 2:54:25 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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I thought that the 4th amendment had already been incorporated to the states.

Is this ruling by the state supreme court in contradiction to 4th amendment incorporation?

-PJ

14 posted on 04/30/2014 2:57:39 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: doc390

You scare me....


15 posted on 04/30/2014 2:58:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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No kidding


16 posted on 04/30/2014 3:02:19 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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How so? I’ve actually denied consent for a search in the past. I firmly believe in the process of presenting PC to a judge to obtain a warrant.

I’m very concerned that this is over the edge of the slippery slope.


17 posted on 04/30/2014 3:04:44 PM PDT by doc390
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Weapons?

Hogwash. Besides, just about anything can be used as a weapon.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 3:05:12 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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Old Pennsylvania cop standard roadside greeting: "Good day. I am Officer Jones."

New Pennsylvania cop standard roadside greeting: "Good day. I am Officer Jones. I smell marijuana coming from your car."

19 posted on 04/30/2014 3:05:54 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Vendome

Correction on my last.... meant for Vendome.

Again, please.. How so?


20 posted on 04/30/2014 3:06:47 PM PDT by doc390
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