Texas Court Allows Cops To Search First, Acquire Warrants Later
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December 20, 2013

Via Techdirt:

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has just made it much easier for Texas cops to skirt the Fourth Amendment. Why secure a warrant when you can just take a look around beforehand to see whether a warrant's worth pursuing? (h/t to Techdirt reader K Marshall)

The case - Wehrenberg v. State - involved a drug bust in Parker County in which officers received a tip from a confidential informant that the defendant and others were "fixing to" cook meth later that evening. Three or four hours later, after midnight, officers illegally entered Mr. Wehrenberg's residence "without a search warrant and...

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