Chalk one up for civil liberties in the age of the police state.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that cops can’t go around without warrants having drug dogs sniff everyone’s front porch for suspected pot farming.
Warrantless drug dog sniffs of porches violate each American’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy in their home, Justices Scalia, Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan — ruled in the case of Florida v. Jardines.
The case comes out of Florida, where in 2006 police acted on an anonymous tip by taking a drug-sniffing dog to a person’s front porch when they weren’t home. The dog gave a positive alert for narcotics and based on the alert, the officers obtained a warrant for a search, which revealed marijuana plants. The homeowner was charged with cannabis trafficking.