Justices Broaden Standard for Warrantless Auto Searches

, The Legal Intelligencer


In a decision that found the justices more deeply divided than a 4-2 split might suggest on its face, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted the federal automobile exception to the search warrant requirement.

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  • ColorBlindJustice

    As a fellow citizen and road user, I‘m less concerned with Mr. Gary‘s possession of two pounds of weed than I am with his smoking some of it while he‘s driving his car. Were he smoking in the privacy of his stationary home, I‘d be against cops busting in without a warrant and arresting him. But if he was irresponsible enough to endanger the lives of others while high behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, to say nothing of stupid enough to toke a doobie while muling a trunk full of grass, then this dirtbag plainly needs a nice stint in prison to rethink his life. Removing him from the reproductive gene pool for a while won‘t hurt society either.

  • Shannon P. Duffy

    This was an excellent and accurate account of this decision. Some other news outlets oversold this story, perhaps because they did not understand it. But the Legal Intelligencer, true to form, knows how to get a complex story like this precisely right. Kudos to reporter Zack Needles for also making it very readable.

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