In the United States Supreme Court’s most recent decision of Kentucky v. King, No. 09-1272, the Supreme Court has further eroded the value of the 4th Amendment. The opinion allows for police to enter a person’s home without a warrant based on the suspicion that there is criminal activity going on. In the Kentucky case the officers followed a suspected drug dealer into a home and then knocked on the door. Upon knocking the police heard what they believed was movement and destruction of potential evidence. The Police then entered without a warrant and saw drugs in plain sight. The US Supreme Court said this was ok because of exigent circumstances.
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