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November 7, 2011 |
Sunset Strip bookie Charlie Katz suspected the feds had bugged his apartment, so he would amble over to a pay phone outside where Carney's hot dog joint now stands to call in his bets to Boston and Miami. It was 1965, a time when phone booths had four glass walls and a folding door, allowing Katz to seal himself off from eavesdroppers. Or so he thought. FBI agents planted a recording device at the booth and taped his dealings, leading to his conviction on eight illegal wagering charges.
April 29, 2001 |
Picture this: Returning home from soccer practice with her two young children, a mother slowly drives her pickup down a quiet street. A cop notices the car's occupants are not wearing seat belts, and pulls the vehicle over. Yelling at the mother as he approaches, he scares the kids. He tells her that she is going directly to jail, and refuses to allow her first to take the crying youngsters to a neighbor's house. As the incident unfolds, friends arrive and shepherd away the youngsters.
October 5, 1992 |
This being the first Monday in October, the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes today to consider and rule on the laws of the land. With that in mind, PBS serves up an hourlong report about the relationship between the high court and law enforcement. Narrated by Roger Mudd, "Search and Seizure: The Supreme Court and the Police" (tonight at 9 on KCET-TV Channel 28 and KPBS-TV Channel 15, 8 p.m.
August 20, 2012
Even many who cherish the "original meaning" of the Constitution recognize that provisions drafted in the 18th century must be interpreted in light of changing technology. That is especially true of the 4th Amendment's guarantee of the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. " When the amendment was adopted, unreasonable searches involved physical trespass. But in 1967 the court ruled that the 4th Amendment was violated when federal agents affixed a wiretap to the outside of a telephone booth being used by a gambler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 |
A Los Angeles ordinance that requires hotel owners to keep guest registries and permit police to inspect them without a search warrant does not violate the constitutional rights of the owners, a divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 against a motel owner whose guest registries had been searched by Los Angeles police without consent. Judge Richard R. Clifton, writing for the majority, said hotel guests have no legal right to expect registries will be kept private, and the owners failed to prove the searches violated their 4th Amendment protections from unreasonable searches.
October 31, 2012
The Supreme Court has said that at the "very core of the 4th Amendment stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. " The court's commitment to the sanctity of the home will be tested Wednesday by a case featuring as familiar a symbol of domestic life as the family home itself - a dog. Only in this case, the dog was not the householder's best friend but the police officer's. The justices will decide whether police committed an unreasonable search when, acting on an anonymous tip, they deployed a drug-sniffing Labrador retriever named Franky at the Miami-area home of Joelis Jardines.