(February 26, 2014) Supreme Court hands police more power to conduct warrantless house searches
The US Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises.
With its 6 to 3 decision in Fernandez v. California on Tuesday, the Court sided with law enforcementâ€™s ability to conduct warrantless searches after restricting police powers with its 2006 decision on a similar case.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Police Department sought suspect Walter Fernandez, believed to have stabbed someone in a violent gang robbery. When police first arrived at the suspectâ€™s home, they heard yelling and screaming before Fernandezâ€™s live-in girlfriend Roxanne Rojas answered the door, appearing â€œfreshly bruised and bloody,â€ and with an infant in hand, according to argument recap by SCOTUSblog.
Fernandez was spotted by police, and said, â€œGet out. I know my rights.