DID SCOTUS GET SOMETHING RIGHT?:”Warrantless sniffing around suspect’s property ruled unconstitutional “
The use of drug-sniffing dogs outside the home of someone suspected of growing drugs requires a search warrant, the US Supreme Court has ruled, declaring inadmissible all evidence obtained by a drug dog’s nose as well as human sight, sound and smell.
Tuesday’s decision in Florida v. Jardines will limit police, who have long relied on the technique in trying to gain access to a home where drugs are invisible through a suspect’s window. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision threw out the 179 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $700,000, obtained by Florida police at the Miami home of Joelis Jardines in 2006.