Supreme Court

SCOTUS Considers Whether Drug Dogs on the Doorstep Are Trespassers

Is probable cause required to bring them onto private property?

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Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Florida v. Jardines, which raises the question of whether using a trained dog to sniff for marijuana at the doorstep of a house constitutes a search that must be justified by probable cause.

The case involves Joelis Jardines, who was arrested for growing marijuana after Miami-Dade police brought Franky, a drug-sniffing Labrador, to his home based on an anonymous tip.