Does the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of “reasonable, articulable suspicion” for a search apply to a drug detection dog sniff? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2005.
Students will examine a controversial law passed in the state of Arizona that directs law enforcement officers to investigate suspected unauthorized immigration. They will recognize the constitutional issues of preemption, reasonable suspicion, and equal protection and relate them to the facts of the Arizona law. Students will then judge whether several sets of facts are valid examples of reasonable suspicion.
Can an officer extend an already completed traffic stop for a canine sniff without reasonable suspicion? This case summary shows the differing opinions on drug-sniffing dogs as a means of searching a vehicle.
Does a state law that imposes criminal penalties for those who refuse to identify themselves violate the Fourth Amendment and/or Fifth Amendment? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2004.
Was the police search and seizure of a man seen fleeing a high-crime area in violation of the Fourth Amendment? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2000.
Does the Emergency Circumstances exception to the warrant requirement apply when police officers create the emergency? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2011.