Drug-Sniffing Dogs

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BB&K Police Bulletin: Brady Evidence - Failure to Disclose Previous Mistakes in K-9 “Scent Lineups” Violates Brady

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the state of California violated Brady v. Maryland by failing to disclose exculpatory evidence of a police dog’s history of mistaken scent identifications in a...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: K-9 Searches - Supreme Court Just Says No to K-9 Drug Sniffing on Porch

Overview: In a 5-4 decision,the U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled that a Florida police dog’s sniffing for drugs in front of a man’s home constituted an illegal search. Based on an unverified tip, police physically entered...more

"Ruff" Ruling For Defendant: Supreme Court Says Dog's Alert To Drugs Is Reliable Based On All Of The Circumstances

In Florida v. Harris, a recent case decided on February 19, 2013, the Supreme Court held that a dog's alert can be sufficient to establish probable cause if all of the facts surrounding a dog's alert, viewed through the lens...more

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