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Supreme Court Approves “Police-created” Exigencies

By Randy Means

In May 2011, the Supreme Court fi nally answered a question that has troubled lower courts for years: May police enter a house without a search warrant under the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement when police decisions and conduct create the exigent circumstances?

(This article was originally published in Law and Order Jul 2011)
 

Warrantless Entry and the Emergency Aid Exception

By Pam McDonald

In Michigan v. Fisher, December 2009, the Court provided some clarification of when police can enter a home under the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement, and it specifically identifies the "emergency aid exception" as one type of exigency that may permit entry into a home without a warrant.

(This article was originally published in Law and Order Feb 2010)
 
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