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Md. high court weighs whether MTA violated Fourth Amendment

The Court of Appeals held that the checking of passengers who reasonably believe they cannot leave the train before showing proof of payment raises deep concern that the police activity violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. But the court left open the possibility that the MTA officers' sweeps could be found constitutional if their primary purpose is a public good – perhaps deterring fare evasion – and not to detect criminal wrongdoing, such as an outstanding warrant. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

An assistant Maryland attorney general and a defense lawyer battled before the state’s top court Tuesday over whether transit officers violated the constitutional right of light-rail passengers to be free of unreasonable seizures when the agents conducted sweeps of the ...

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