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    Supreme Court says drug-sniffing dogs can't be used outside a home without permission or a warrant

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that the use of a drug-sniffing dog outside a home is a "search" that must be supported by probable cause or a warrant.

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    Maybe 10 years ago or so the local agencies were doing training exercises with their dogs in my neighborhood. You would have thought everyone had eaten Taco Bell for all the flushing going on.
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    The reasoning here went about how I expected, and I agree with it. Basically, the police took a drug dog up onto the porch, and in front of the door. They weren't there on a call, and the sole purpose of entering the curtilage of the house was to see if the dog would alert. Apparently, all they had prior to that was an anonymous tip. They then used the dog's alert to support a search warrant. The USSC held that entering the curtilage with the dog constituted a search. I really think Justice Alito was stretching things in his dissent to argue that it wasn't a search since they were on the commonly accepted access route.
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