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  •  Stupid comment. (29+ / 0-)

    The Constitution does not prevent agents of the government from pursuing criminals, even on private property. No one has been arrested based on evidence uncovered by one of these house-to-house searches. You are just spewing garbage directed at people who are risking their own lives to protect the lives of others.

    •  Agreed. (8+ / 0-)

      Can't figure out this poster's continued outrage over the authorities trying to find the perpetrator, whose bombs murdered and maimed innocent strangers, while trying to keep the public out of harm's way.  I agree that cops today are overly militarized by Homeland Security, but in this case the actions if the police are appropriate.

      "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

      by SottoVoce on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:49:23 PM PDT

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    •  Has this ever been ruled on... (0+ / 0-)

      ...when a widespread manhunt is being done and there's no reason to believe that the suspect is in a specific house vs. 200,000 other buildings in the general vicinity? I've not heard that the courts have decided that every legitimate manhunt is a justification for warrantless searches of any space that the person being hunted could be in - I would hope it's not a blank check.

      I believe any evidence found of any crime during such a search would be completely admissible IF the search was legal and the area the evidence was found was a reasonable area for the police to have seen when searching for a suspect,

      Of course, if you volunteer to let the police search your place during a manhunt, then it's a legal search and you have no claim if they do find something. If you object and they overrule you, the courts would have to decide if the search violated the Fourth Amendment.

      In reality, I think it would be rare for police to bother with most criminal evidence they find in such a situation as they have better things to do. Perhaps if it's indicative of a major crime (like they find a bunch of fresh corpses in a room and you are not a mortician by trade), though, they might remember it and come back a couple days later with a warrant based on what they noticed during the first search.

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