If the police suspect you of a crime, is that enough to justify a warrant to search your home for whatever cellphones and electronic devices you may own? No, it's not, according to a recent federal appeals court decision. If they could, that would open the homes of all suspects to extensive searches, which would be unconstitutional.
A recent, large-scale study by Stanford University's Open Policing Project has found good evidence that African-American and Hispanic drivers are ticketed and subjected to vehicle searches at a higher rate than whites and that this is due to racial bias. Moreover, the effect does not appear limited to states with histories of discriminatory legislation.
A man accused of growing marijuana outside his North Carolina home is now facing drug charges. At the time of a local news report, the 42-year-old from Rhodhiss had not yet been arrested, but Caldwell County authorities indicated that he is likely to be accused of several offenses pending a grand jury indictment. Police claim they were tipped off about illegal activity going on at the man's home.
As any North Carolina resident knows, teenagers make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes can be very serious and lead to criminal charges, but a teenager should not necessarily suffer the rest of his or her life for a youthful crime. With that mind, readers in the Charlotte area may want to consider the drug charges recently filed against a 17-year-old boy.
Police recently arrested a 45-year-old man following a traffic stop for allegedly speeding along Interstate 77 in Iredell County, North Carolina. After stopping the man's vehicle, deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office claim to have found nearly $67,000 worth of illegal narcotics inside the man's car. A local news report did not indicate what probable cause the police had for searching the man's vehicle, nor was it said whether the man gave consent to the search. Nevertheless, he has been charged with drug trafficking, and police are holding him in the Iredell County Jail.