If the home indeed is a castle, Americans may want to start investing in moats.
That's because a pair of recent and reckless assaults on the Fourth Amendment kicked in the quaint notion that a closed door is enough to prevent police from forcing an entry into your home without consent.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its near-unanimous decision in King v. Kentucky, granted police more latitude to break down your door when pursuing drug peddlers.
The ruling centered on a 2005 case involving Lexington police and their pursuit of a man who'd sold crack cocaine to a police informant. Officers lost sight of him when he entered an apartment building.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
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