Will Supreme Court turn up its nose at drug-sniffing dogs?

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JamVee wrote:

Somehow sanity must prevail, or our nations “rule of law” is in jeopardy. Liberal lawyers, under the banner of constitutionality, continue to attack every possible law enforcement strategy, procedure, and tool that we have. Without such tools, the CRIMINALS WILL WIN.

Oct 28, 2012 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
trex2561 wrote:

I am sure this group of pompous,pretentious, prima donnas will make a decision that reflects the common sense ethos of the citizens of the United States.

Oct 28, 2012 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kwilliams wrote:

I hope that the court rules to limit the use of these dogs. In a free society there should be clearly defined limits to the power police have to snoop into our private lives. For too long the cops have used prohibition as an excuse to expand their power and trample on basic civil liberties. End the war on drugs.

Oct 28, 2012 11:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:

I wonder if they’d smell blatant corruption and treason if they sniffed Obama?

Oct 28, 2012 1:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I’m glad this issue is being brought to the highest court, anyone who has ever lived in the inner city know that police departments constantly over step the boundaries of the law and often engage in profiling. This country is always trying to pass laws to infringe on my civil liberties and invade my privacy. Police are supposed to make us feel protected, not strike fear in the hearts of the citizens.

Oct 29, 2012 1:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Paulpot wrote:

What the article does not mention is that animals do not speak human.
It is left up to the handler to tell us that the dog has indicated a find. The handler could be misinterpreting the animal or could be coercing the animal to give a false affirmative. This is a totally arbitray situation of interpretation. All you have to do is train the dog to give what you call a positive response and you can search every one every time. And the only real result we have in the end is that some one has a fun job putting people in prison. Absolutely no good has been proven to come from the adminstration of this morally bankrupt law.

Oct 29, 2012 8:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USKiwi wrote:

I don’t think it was necessary for the author of the article to state that animals “don’t speak human”. We all know that. What we also know is that K-9 handlers keep detailed records of training and street experience. It’s not as simple as training a dog to give a positive response. K-9 handlers, have to be knowledgeable in animal behavior and body language. They have to be able to articulate their K-9′s behavior on a postive alert, most of which these days are on video. These “alerts” can be verified or unverified by an animal behavior expert in a court of law. K-9′s and their handlers have to undergo rigorous training and yearly blind certifications to even be able to work on the street so to say that the handler’s interpretation is arbitrary is incorrect. The result is that bad guys and those in posession of illegal drugs are taken to jail and held accountable for their crimes. More good than not has come of K-9 sniff case law. It assists police officers in removing dangerous drugs from the street. Drugs are directly connected to burglary, robbery, theft and most violent crime. As a K-9 handler, I can tell you that approx 50% of my K-9 sniffs result in no positive alert. The other 50% result in a positive alert where illegal drugs are found. It’s apparent to me that the morally corrupt are those who are caught with drugs using a police K-9.

Oct 29, 2012 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
drjohnwarren wrote:

And what happens if no drugs are found? Is the dog removed from drug duty? Does the homeowner get reimbursed for having his house ripped apart and his reputation among his neighbors ruined? The answer is “nothing.”

One’s privacy should not be invaded on the basis of a fallible animal.

Oct 30, 2012 7:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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