Supreme Court permits ‘reasonable mistakes’ by police in searches McClatchy

Posted on 12-16-2014 by
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In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “To be reasonable is not to be perfect, and so the Fourth Amendment allows for some mistakes on the part of government officials, giving them fair leeway for enforcing the law in the community’s protection.”



Posted on : 16 Dec 2014 10:35 PM

My fear is that law enforcement is likely to make "mistakes" in their favor and thus take away citizens' legitimate rights.  That was the problem before the exclusionary rule as Chief Justice Warren saw it; who other than the judiciary was policing the police?

Tracy Fritz
Tracy Fritz
Posted on : 8 Feb 2016 4:45 PM

Officer Darisse pulled the driver over because he thought he looked, "stiff and nervous."  The search hadn't even begun yet, how's that for "leeway?"  

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