Fight for your right to party … or trespass?
Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 11:54 am
The house was supposed to be vacant, the owner says. The partygoers in a poor neighborhood in the District of Columbia say the police who broke up the evening of lap dances and drug use had no reason to suspect anyone was trespassing — it was a party, after all, and there’s nothing obvious about a party that would suggest trespassing.
And now, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide, with Fourth Amendment ramifications at stake.
If it is allowed to stand, the government and the officers conclude, the D.C. Circuit’s decision will “have a broad chilling effect on law enforcement officers when making on-the-scene credibility judgments, adversely affecting their everyday ability to do their jobs and protect the public.”
Read more at SCOTUSBlog