Treyger Discusses Fourth Amendment Cases in Post-Decision SCOTUScast
On April 3 Professor Elina Treyger discussed two cases involving the use of narcotics detection dogs and the Fourth Amendment in a post-decision Federalist Society SCOTUScast.
The cases, decided in February and March 2013, respectively, were Florida v. Harris and Florida v. Jardines.
The question in Florida v. Harris involved whether a narcotics detection dog's "alert" constituted probable cause for the search of a private vehicle, a question the Court upheld as valid. The second case considered whether taking a narcotics detection dog to smell the exterior of a house in which there was suspicion of marijuana propagation constituted a search under the Fourth Amendment. Justices held that it did constitute a search for purposes of the Fourth Amendment.