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Police Officers in Pennsylvania No Longer Need Warrants to Search Vehicle

Police officers in Pennsylvania no longer need a warrant to search a person’s car.   The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that officers can perform vehicle searches if they have reasonable and probable cause.  Prior to the court’s decision only federal officials were allowed to search vehicles without warrants or the drivers’ consent.  Proponents say it will help officers find drivers who may have alcohol or drugs in the car.  Critics say the ruling gives too much power to police and will infringe on citizens’ privacy.

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7 Comments to “Police Officers in Pennsylvania No Longer Need Warrants to Search Vehicle”

    MyTakeOnIt said:
    May 1, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Shouldn't infringe more than frisking someone or searching bags and backpacks.

      Joe said:
      May 1, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      Searching bags and backpacks is a condition of entry in most cases. You have a choice. Searching cars at every stop is a 4th Amendment violation on the face of it. Mere "probable cause" is too open ended and WILL be abused..

    709RP said:
    May 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    WOW in Pa. I am shocked. We live in a state where local police cannot even use radar as a tool for speeding tickets. This goes to far, probable cause can and will be anything from sunglasses to a pack of cigarettes. I am very surprised, and disappointed by the Pa. Supreme Court.

    709RP said:
    May 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    In a dissent, Justice Debra Todd says the decision "contravenes over 225 years of unyielding protection against unreasonable search and seizure." She calls the change "diametrically contrary to the deep historical and legal traditions" of Pennsylvania.

    Sean said:
    May 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    If you have nothing to hide whats the big deal? Its for the better. Criminals have too many rights and get away with far too much.

      Ken said:
      May 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      WOW nothing to hide…..that's what the SS told the Jews in Germany in 1939…..

    Daniel Thornton said:
    May 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    If placed under arrest I have no problem, if just detained then no.

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