Criminal Justice: The Cops v. the Courts

The loudest continuing complaint of U.S. police and prosecutors is that "misguided" courts are "handcuffing" effective law enforcement. Most of the fire is aimed at recent Supreme Court decisions that require far stricter standards of police search and seizure — at a time when U.S. crime is rising five times as fast as the population.

Both the complaints and their origins have been thoroughly probed and weighed by Yale Kamisar, law professor at the University of Minnesota. What the critics "are really bristling about is tighter enforcement of long standing restrictions," writes Kamisar in a Cornell Law Quarterly analysis. The...

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