Will Privacy Go to the Dogs?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized — 4th Amendment, United States Bill of Rights

Drug Sniffing Dog


This Halloween, the United States Supreme Court will devote its day to dogs. The court will hear two cases from Florida to test whether “police dog sniffs” violate our privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. These two cases have not yet grabbed many headlines, but the court’s decisions could shape our rights to privacy in profound and surprising ways.

4 thoughts on “Will Privacy Go to the Dogs?

  1. It appears law professor Meyers ( OPED 17 Oct,) believes the first part of the 4th Amendment refers to the operation of the law, not the reasonableness of the law. “The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated:” It’s reasonable to seize marijuana because it’s illegal.

    Lawyers are questioning the methods of the search and seizure by police using dogs and not questioning the reasonableness of the marijuana law that authorizes the police to search and seize marijuana. There’s deprivation of fundamental rights to liberty and property by being arrested and the seizure of marijuana.

    It’s a bad note for lawyers when they don’t acknowledge marijuana laws present a fundamental rights issue. Oh! Marijuana isn’t a fundamental rights. The laws are rational use of police power.

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