The Supreme Court yesterday took issue with the Fourth Amendment, the right of Americans to be secure "against unreasonable searches and seizures." The lede of this New York Times story says it all:
The police do not need a warrant to enter a home if they smell burning marijuana, knock loudly, announce themselves and hear what they think is the sound of evidence being destroyed, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in an 8-to-1 decision.
Consider yourself warned! This obviously means that you don't flush your weed (or whatever else you've got cooking) down the toilet if the cops are knocking on your door. But you're probably wondering, what's the alternative? The key here is the whole "sound of evidence being destroyed" thing. So just make sure you quietly destroy whatever illegal items you have in your possession, if you must. Eat it, or toss it out of a window, or if you're really desperate, just frame whoever is with you. Or just be really quiet and hope they go away. Good luck out there.
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