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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has heard argument in a case about when the police can enter a home without a search warrant.
The justices seemed likely to rule against a Kentucky man who had the misfortune of being found with drugs in his apartment by police who were looking for someone else.
The case could clarify when police can conduct searches without a warrant, and at least one justice worried that the court might go too far and allow officers easily to find a way around getting a wa
The three men were sitting around King's apartment in Lexington,Ky., on a Thursday night in October 2005, when police officers knocked on the front door, then kicked it in. They did not have a search warrant.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the state's appeal of that ruling Wednesday, in a case that could clarify rules for when police can conduct searches without a warrant.
- they had a reason to believe he was in one of those two apts.
They heard a door slam in a hallway, but by the time they were able to look down it, they saw only two closed doors
- Now they are aware of criminal activity taking place behind door #1.
They didn't know which one the suspect had gone through, but, smelling the aroma of burnt pot, chose the apartment on the left
- Exigent Circumstances
The police contend they entered the apartment because they heard noises they thought might indicate that evidence was being destroyed.