Probable Cause

Police officers who smelled marijuana smoke coming from within a house and subsequently saw a smoldering marijuana cigarette lying in a trash can in the house had probable cause to believe that a crime was being committed and a search warrant was appropriately authorized the search of the entire house for evidence of such a crime, the Fourth Circuit ruled

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42 Cats

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a 78-year-old man may pursue some of his due process claims against the police officer who threatened to “bust down his door” if he did not consent to a warrantless search and then seized and euthanized some of the 42 feral cats the man was providing with veterinary care, food and shelter in and around his property.

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