Cops no longer need search warrants, almost

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Could search warrants become a thing of the past? A U. S.Supreme Court ruling this week in a Kentucky case makes it easier for cops to break down your door without a judge's OK.

"Nobody should be breaking in your doors and coming in and doing whatever. Even if it is the police? Right, even if it's the police I don't think that's right," said Sherry Cardwell.

"That would be an invasion of privacy. I don't think they should be able to burst into my house," Carmen Addario said.

The 8-to-1 ruling says police have the right to force their way in if they believe you're destroying evidence of a crime. "The 4th Amendment right is a very sacred right that protects us from illegal search and seizure in our own home," said Sevier County Sheriff's Captain Jeff McCarter. His department takes it very seriously. "I think that's why the police community will have to apply this very cautiously.

Defense lawyer Donny Young says this ruling doesn't mean police can randomly pick your home for search. "Law enforcement has to have a reason to be there in the first place, a legitimate reason to be there in the first place."

In other words, police can't just charge into your castle. "So, if that officer doesn't have a warrant, and he can't explain to you why he thinks there's a crime being committed, or some other circumstances that would allow him to come into your home, you have a right to say no," said Young.


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  • by Jeremy Location: Knoxville on May 19, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    We sit back and just let them take away our rights a little bit at a time. WAKE UP America your country and you rights are being TAKEN. Are we a nation of sheep? Why not just cut our own throats and save them the trouble.
  • by Brad Location: Knoxville on May 19, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    This reporter should be fired for creating such alarmist headlines and generating controversy over something that is an absolute non-issue! All this ruling says is that if you're trying to flush your dope the cops can come in and stop you. No more. No less. In fact, All this ruling really does is solidifies what qualifies as an exception to the search warrant requirement. The police have been doing this forever under the auspices of "exigent circumstances." Just like if they show up to a reported domestic dispute and hear people inside fighting. Should they need a warrant to come inside then? Nowhere does this ruling suggest that the police are going to start kicking in the doors of the innocent public, so why are you suggesting that? WVLT... Quit hating on the police and try some responsible journalism for a change!!!
  • by Tom Location: Knoxville on May 18, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    Obviously if you leave a comment the Socialist media dislikes it will not be posted. I'm suprised these commies ran this story to begin with. But not all is lost, when the socialist/commies take over WVLT will also be history.
  • by Clem Location: Knoxville on May 18, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    This is a really scary ruling. Talk about a slippery slope!
  • by don Location: chuckey tn on May 18, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    another attack on our freedom. the high court is wrong just as they were when they said it is ok to take your propeety. we need another tea party, but dont throw the tea overboard, through the politicians and supream court over. protect our freedom
  • by alien Location: knox vegas on May 18, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    Who are Sherry Cardwell and Carmen Addario and what do they have to do with this? BTW, do not EVER cooperate with KPD if they ask to "have a friendly look around." Take my word for it.
  • by Tom Location: Knoxville on May 18, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    In Indiana last week that State Supreme Court ruled a Police officer may enter your home any time for any reason or NO REASON with or without a search warrant. Their reasoning, if you cannot refuse the officer entry, then the search of or occupation of your home is safer for everyone involved. This is what you get when you DON'T VOTE! It was a 3 to 2 ruling. Police cannot ask if you are a citizen but they can invade your home. The LIBERAL'S (SOCIALIST)are doing a bang up job protecting our country and our RIGHTS. And hey lets send another 2 BILLION DOLLARS to Pakistan. They love us over there. IF people don't wake up this election, There may not be another. Do not raise the debt ceiling. The Government will use it against U.S. secure the border, cut spending and FIRE the SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST regime ruining our country. Give AMERICA back to AMERICANS
  • by Michael Location: Knoxville,Tn. on May 18, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    If I'm not mistaken,Tn. has the castel law.and if anyone breaks down my door, I will use the "castel" doctrine to its fullest extent...

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