Court returns limits on police searches

In a ruling that’s something of a surprise, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court placed new limits on police searches, saying that police do not have carte blanche to search a person’s car without a warrant when arrested.

Details of the case are here, but what’s most surprising is the coalition that came together.  Stevens wrote for a majority that included Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter, Scalia and Thomas.

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