Evidence Allowed in No-Knock Raid; Court Says Rule Not a Protection
Byline: Jerry Seper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Evidence seized by police officers who have a warrant but fail to follow the "knock and announce" rule before entering a suspect's home is still admissible in court, a divided 5-4 Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said a long-established knock-and-announce rule never was intended to protect a person's right to prevent the government "from seeing or taking evidence described in a warrant."
Justice Scalia, noting that Detroit police admitted that they violated the rule in a drug raid, said that regardless of the "misstep," the officers would have seized the drugs and gun …
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Publication information: Article title: Evidence Allowed in No-Knock Raid; Court Says Rule Not a Protection. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: June 16, 2006. Page number: A06. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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