Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lawyers in black robes sign off on stealing more of your freedom

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a drug-sniffing German shepherd named Aldo in ruling that police do not have to extensively document a dog’s expertise to justify relying on the animal to search someone’s vehicle.

The unanimous court overturned a decision by the Florida Supreme Court. That court had thrown out a 2006 search of a man’s truck after Aldo “alerted” to the smell of drugs, saying police must compile detailed evidence of the dog’s reliability before probable cause to search the vehicle is established. More here:

Well, I'm no expert, but this seems to say that the cops can just bring any old dog around your vehicle and say "it alerted" and claim probable cause to search your vehicle.  Am I wrong?

Does this sound like an expansion or restriction of your liberty and freedom?

Wasn't it just a few short months ago that the "Supreme Court" said it was ok for the government to force you to pay for health care insurance?  Was that an expansion or restriction of your liberty?

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