Eyes in The Sky

Low-level searches pass muster

Even as the Supreme Court clamped strict limits on affirmative action last week, the Justices moved to scale back the right of privacy: by a 5-to-4 vote, the court ruled that police do not need a warrant to engage in low-altitude spying from a helicopter. The decision upheld the action of a Florida sheriff's officer who observed marijuana growing in a resident's greenhouse by circling over it at 400 ft. The court found that the police action violated no "reasonable expectation" of privacy, because overflights by helicopters | at 400 ft. are not unlawful or unusual.

The high bench's ruling reinforced...

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