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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:00 pm

New Mexico police need a warrant to search garbage placed in a motel dumpster, the state’s highest court ruled Monday.

In a 3-2 decision, the state Supreme Court made clear the New Mexico Constitution offers broader protections against unreasonable searches than the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

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3 comments:

  • Staci Benni posted at 2:14 pm on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    Look who wrote the opinion. In one case, Chief Justice Vigil didn't even know what is listed as an affirmative defense under Rule 8. So much for voting based on party rather than competency.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 12:33 pm on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 661

    So where does that leave the homeless people that go through the garbage at the fast food restaurants looking for something to eat? Maybe law enforcement can go under cover as homeless people to get evidence.

     
  • Peter Neal posted at 7:22 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 289

    I'm sure that drug trafficker was thinking about his "expectation of privacy" when he tossed the manufacturing evidence in that dumpster. Ridiculous. A "garbage" decision.

     

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