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Tag Archives: 4th Amendment

Full 4th Circuit hears challenge to Baltimore’s aerial surveillance (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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