Michigan: Okay for Drug Dogs to Sniff Around Your Home

Other fans of dogs.
Some other big fans of sniffer dogs

“Michigan is for canine lovers.”

That might be the new state motto after a Michigan court said it’s legal for police to walk up to homes and have their drug dogs sniff around. Michigan residents should get ready for a lot more canines on their property.

The Michigan Court of Appeals last week ruled that it’s okay for police to use dogs to sniff around the exterior of a home to detect drugs without a search warrant. Thus, it’s now perfectly legal in Michigan for the police to walk up to a home, use a sniffer dog and then obtain a warrant.

It might time to send WWTFFD* bracelets to police departments in Michigan. Of course, the number of police officers concerned with whether the work they do would meet with The Founding Fathers’ approval is not known.
* – What Would The Founding Fathers Do?

But we can make a guess.

They would all fit in a phone booth.

The law is whatever a judge today rules it is–and two Michigan justices ruled that “police, acting on a tip, can go to someone’s home with drug-detection dogs, sniff the front door and use that information to get a warrant to search inside the house.”

No, not those kind of judges…

Just another example that everyday–somewhere in the USA–there are judges (as well as unelected officials, bureaucrats and political hacks) taking away rights and freedoms that American patriots died for 232 years ago.

More on the ruling:

The 2-1 ruling released Wednesday is a setback for Jeffrey Jones of Detroit.

A Wayne County judge had suppressed evidence and dismissed marijuana possession charges against Jones because he argued the sniffing was an illegal search. Prosecutors appealed.

Two judges on the appeals court say police, acting on a tip, can go to someone’s home with drug-detection dogs, sniff the front door and use that information to get a warrant to search inside the house.

A dissenting judge says the ruling erodes the protections of privacy and the sanctity of the home guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

In a comment to the original story, roballmighty poses a few questions that others may be asking in the future.

I heard on NPR that one of the reasons the judges said it was legal is because your front porch is public property… If the dog is sniffing something in my house then isn’t that a search OF my house? Can’t use thermal sensors to find grow lights in a house, but a dog is ok?

“You don’t mind if we sniff around your car, do you?”
“You don’t have to answer that. We’re going to do it anyway.”

Read the rest at DBKP.com:
Michigan Court: OK for Police Drug Dogs to Sniff Around Your Home

by Mondoreb

Source: Michigan Court: OK for Police Drug Dogs to Sniff Around Your Home

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