Case of Bungled Pot Raid on Tomato-Loving Family Revived Anew

The bizarre case of a Kansas sheriff’s department that mistook tomato plants and loose-leaf tea for evidence of a marijuana grow and accordingly launched a SWAT-style raid on an innocent suburban family will return to a lower court for a third crack at a judgment.

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Fourth Amendment

In a bizarre ruling, the Ninth Circuit affirmed qualified immunity for the City of Fresno and three police officers, because even if they did steal $100,000 worth of plaintiffs’ property after seizing it with a warrant, “it is not clear whether the theft of property seized pursuant to the warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.”

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