Supreme Court case could restrict fourth amendment rights

Supreme Court case could restrict fourth amendment rights

POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 8:34pm

A case argued before the Supreme Court today could make it easier for police to search your home without first getting a warrant.

The question is whether police can enter a home occupied by two or more people when one of those people has already objected but it is no longer physically at the house. In the past, the court has ruled that police can't conduct a warrantless search of a home if any tenant who is present at the time of their request objects to the search. Now there’s a possibility that police will be able to search the residence if that tenant is removed from the home.

Many people are expressing concern for fourth amendment rights.

"The concern is that people will no longer be able to keep police out of their dwellings if they live with others, as almost all American citizens do,” said attorney Jeffrey Fisher.

Several justices responded that those roommates have rights too and expressed concern about the impact on domestic violence cases. Now justices will have to decide exactly how far a person's right to privacy extends, which could significantly impact the outcomes of future investigations.

Read more about previous Supreme Court debates.

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