Police in Pennsylvania no longer need a search warrant to search a vehicle. All they need now is 'reasonable probable cause', (which can be ANYTHING THEY DECIDE), according to the opinion written by Pennsylvania state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.
Previously, citizens could refuse an officer’s request to search a vehicle. In most cases, the officer would then need a warrant — signed by a judge — to conduct the search.Of course the police are calling it "big news" because now they don't have to deal with getting a pesky search warrant. 4th Amendment? Who needs that if you have nothing to hide, right? It just gets in the way of them 'doing their job', doesn't it?
That’s no longer the case, according to the opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.
The ruling, passed on a 4-2 vote, was made in regard to an appeal from a 2010 vehicle stop in Philadelphia.
Local police and legal professionals are calling the opinion “big news.”
“This is a significant change in long-standing Pennsylvania criminal law, and it is a good one,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Wednesday afternoon.
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They already search vehicles without a warrant. This just makes the 'illegal' more 'legal' in the eyes of the lawless.
Coming soon to a state near you.