The U.S. Supreme Court has just handed down two rulings that may have widened the ability of law enforcement to conduct illegal searches – something our Los Angeles marijuana arrest lawyers find deeply troubling.
In one case, there was an expansion of the exception to a long-standing rule that unlawfully-gathered evidence had to be discarded. In the second ruling, the court held that those who deal drugs – even those who only selling locally to their neighbors – were in effect a part of some larger interstate commerce.
As Phillip Smith of StopTheDrugWar.org pointed out, these two decisions:
- Widen local police’s ability to sidestep the law without accountability;
- Give prosecutors the muscle of the federal government to crush small-time, low-level drug dealers and other criminals.
The high court has long deferred to the position of law enforcement officers. But this is often done to the detriment of the public at-large. Continue reading