Tag Archives: 4th Amendment

Full 4th Circuit hears challenge to Baltimore’s aerial surveillance

“Just because it's controversial doesn’t make it unconstitutional,” Andre M. Davis, shown in a 2017 photo, told the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in defending Baltimore's aerial surveillance program. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Attorneys for a civil rights group and the Baltimore Police Department battled Monday at a federal appeals court over the constitutionality of BPD’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime and whether the constitutional challenge ended when the pilot program ...

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Court calls traffic stop search unconstitutional, reverses pot conviction

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Pocomoke City police officer’s tackling of a motorist stopped for allegedly being on his cellphone while driving invalidates the subsequent discovery of marijuana in the driver’s possession and car, a Maryland appeals court ruled after concluding the officer had ...

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4th Circuit upholds warrantless search, sex trafficker’s conviction

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

Federal agents unconstitutionally searched a suspected Maryland sex trafficker’s laptop and cellphone without a warrant upon his return to the United States four years ago, a U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday. But the damning evidence was properly admitted at Raymond ...

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Supreme Court shows interest in Maryland’s appeal of marijuana-frisk decision

The Court of Appeals ‘has yet to weigh in on the issue of whether the detection by an officer of the smell of marijuana coming from a car continues to provide police with probable cause to search the car in light of the recent amendments’ to Maryland Criminal Law, lawyers for three men convicted of possession successfully argued in their petition to the state’s top court. (Thinkstock)

The U.S. Supreme Court is showing interest in the state’s appeal of a Maryland high-court decision that the pungent smell of raw, unsmoked marijuana emanating from a car during a traffic stop does not in itself enable police officers to ...

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