Quote of the Day: The Fourth Amendment Blues

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From a Florida state appellate court, after reviewing a case in which police officers claimed that a search of a defendent’s apartment in a drug case was legal because he invited them in and then cheerfully volunteered the location of his hidden stash:

The judge may have punctiliously performed the duties of his office in this case, but, when considering the large number of “consent” cases that have come before us, the finding of “consent” in so many curious circumstances is a cause for concern.

Indeed. Click the link for more. This is such an obvious case of police perjury that a Hollywood screenwriter would probably turn it down as a little too contemptuous of Southern law enforcement. Despite that, the appellate judge had no choice but to let the search stand. Lovely.

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