Monday, May 22, 2006

Roberts Rules of Order

Can the police enter your home if they have an "objectively reasonable" basis to believe that someone within the residence is seriously injured?

I didn't know the question was still unresolved in this country. But, today, the Supreme Court says yes they can. Writing for a unanimous Court, CJ Roberts explains the doctrine in extremely technical jargon.

"Nothing in the Fourth Amendment required them to wait until another blow rendered someone 'unconscious' or 'semi-conscious' or worse before entering. The role of a peace officer includes preventing violence and restoring order, not simply rendering first aid to casualties; an officer is not like a boxing (or hockey) referee, poised to stop a bout only if it becomes too one-sided."

Game on.


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