Law: Highway Privacy

Spot checks are struck down

A patrol car appears in the driver's rearview mirror, and the flashing light goes on. The driver anxiously pulls over, and the policeman asks to see his license and registration. It is just a routine check; the driver has not been speeding or doing anything noticeably wrong. Then the officer glimpses the bag of marijuana ...

Such spot checks by police are common practice. Last week, by a vote of 8 to 1. the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that they are unconstitutional. No longer will police be able to stop a car at random to look at...

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