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PA Courts Rule Car Searches Legal Without Warrant

  • Ben Feinstein
  • May 18, 2014
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PA Courts Rule Car Searches Legal Without Warrant

If this country ever was “the land of the free” it is sinking slowly into the past. A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania court system will now allow police to search cars without the need for a search warrant. Typically Pennsylvania had been a state that had granted greater privacy to its citizens than the minimum requirements spelled out in the U.S. constitution. This new ruling will take the decision making out of the judicial systems hands and allow police to decide at the time whether a search is reasonable.

Dave Rudovsky, both a professor at Penn Law school and practicing civil rights lawyer, explained “Now if police officers have probable cause– a good faith belief that a crime has been committed, they can search your car without having to first obtain a warrant.” Basically this means that all the police have to do his have a “gut feeling” that something is off and they can legally demand to search your car. How this doesn’t violate the 4th Amendment is beyond us. You know, the one that protects us from unlawful search and seizure. Also known as police needing a reason to search rather than just because they can.

In the past Philadelphia Police have been accused of prolific stop and frisk policies, and many believe that the practice will now expand to automobiles. Though this is just one state out of fifty, it is a slippery slope that we hope will be over ruled. Our rights and privacy are slowly being stripped away in this country. Though the government operates under the ruse of what’s best for the people, all they really do is what is best to keep absolute control.


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