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Bill of Rights & Criminal Justice Week 4

by: Freddi Marsillo

Bill of Rights & Criminal Justice Week 4 SOC 2146

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These notes cover what we discussed during the fourth week of class.
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This 6 page Class Notes was uploaded by Freddi Marsillo on Thursday September 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 2146 at George Washington University taught by Saltzburg, S in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see The Bill of Rights and Criminal Justice in Sociology at George Washington University.


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Date Created: 09/22/16
Bill of Rights & Criminal Justice Week 4 9/22/16 12:33 PM Timing • Most jurisdictions put time limits on warrants • For example, police in Jones installed the GPS device after the 10 day limit that was ordered • Generally courts permit searches of any property found on premises even if they belong to visitors • Staleness can become a problem for search warrants based on old information • Staleness issues may vary depending on the type of case being investigated • Grubbs: anticipatory warrants are okay Anticipatory Warrants: Grubbs (2006) • Held: warrant is not invalid because it is contingent on a future event • Warrant was to be executed only after a controlled delivery of child pornography • Magistrate must determine it is now probable that evidence will be at premises when warrant is executed Other Considerations • More than half the states permit nighttime searches, but almost half restrict them to special circumstances as do the Federal Rules • Generally, searches take place whether or not the occupant is present o Knock and announce • Sneak and peak searches (usually used in suspected/potential terrorism) are those where officers enter, search, and try to leave no evidence to indicate that they have searched Executing Warrant • Knock and Announce Rule (part of 4 th Amendment) is the usual rule before there can be a forcible entry • Knapp – 12 second delay – break-in is okay • Wilson v. Arkansas (1995) – exceptions okay – e.g., hot pursuit, destruction of evidence, safety of officers • Courts differ on whether entering an open door requires notice • No “breaking” generally if entry by ruse Richards v. Wisconsin (1997) • 3:40 AM entry into hotel room in Madison, Wisconsin to search for drugs and paraphernalia • Officers sought a “no knock warrant” – denied • Officer pretends to be a maintenance man o Richards opens door with chain still on, sees uniform, closes door and police wait 2-3 seconds and kick and ram the door ▯ Police tend to open doors with battering ram • Wisconsin S. Ct: Knock and announce excused whenever police seek evidence of felony drug crime (keeps suspect from flushing drugs down the toilet or disposing of them in any way) • U.S. S. Ct. rejects per se exception • Reasonable suspicion that knock and announce would be dangerous or futile or permit destruction of evidence is enough • Upholds entry under circumstances US v. Ramirez (1998) • Officers have no-knock warrant to search house for escaped prisoner • They announce over a loud speaker the warrant and simultaneously break a window in garage and point a gun through the opening • Ramirez grabs gun and fires it into garage ceiling • Convicted as felon in possession of gun • Court rejects argument that officers are held to higher standard when no-knock entry results in destruction of property US v Banks • 15-20 second delay in drug case = exigency • Warrant to search 2 bedroom apt • Suspected of selling cocaine at home • Magistrate may issue no knock warrant • Police may judge an exigency exists • Break open door with battering ram • Banks was in shower • What matters is time in which evidence could be destroyed, not time to get to door Unusual Force • Police sometimes use special devices • Battering rams are no longer unusual • “Flash-bang” devices may be used to disorient a suspect • Courts tend to defer to the police judgment Hudson v. Mich (2006) • 5-4 holding that violation of knock and announce does not justify exclusion • Scalia: knock and announce gives individuals opportunity to comply and to avoid destruction of property and also protects elements of privacy and dignity • Rule does not protect against gov’t seeing or taking evidence • Interests violated by a violation have nothing to do with the seizure of evidence • Victims can bring civil rights actions Breadth of Search • Generally courts permit searches of any property found on premises even if they belong to visitors • For example, warrant to search a house and detached garage included the trunk of a car parked in the garage • Magistrates supposedly gauge reasonableness although probable cause to search for anything is usually enough o But in Winston v. Lee (1985), Supreme Court invalidated warrant requiring suspect to undergo surgery to remove bullet lodged below the skin Occupants • Generally a search warrant for premises does not authorize a search of persons, but does authorize a search of property which might contain items described • Supreme Court has held that police may detain individuals found at the premises until they complete their search o Prevents possible flight o Minimizes harm to officers o May avoid harm to property – open locked items for example Executing Warrant • When does a search end? o ▯ when all possible evidence is discovered • Third parties may assist (U.S. v New York Tel. (1977)) – voluntary or compelled • But see Wilson v. Layne (1999) (Civil Rights Action) o Washington Post photographer and reporter accompany police executing an arrest warrant o Media ride along for arrest ▯ unconstitutional 9/22/16 12:33 PM 9/22/16 12:33 PM


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