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Court: Police Cannot Enter Home For Minor Crime Without Warrant


In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Lange v. California that police cannot always enter a home without a warrant when in “hot pursuit” of someone for a minor crime. The Court sent the case back to the lower court to decide if the police violated the rights of a California man by pursuing him into his garage for allegedly playing loud music while driving on a highway late at night. In the Court’s ruling, Justice Elena Kagan said police had no right to enter the man’s home without a warrant for such a trivial offense. The Supreme Court has long held that police may conduct a warrantless search when pursuing a fleeing felon