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Court Said Police Warrantless Search in a Marijuana Joint Legal

On Monday, the Supreme Court took the police officers’ side after arresting a Kentucky man without a warrant. The police apparently busted in to the man’s apartment after smelling marijuana. Fearing that the man might be getting rid of the evidence, police officers entered Hollis King’s apartment even without a warrant.

The Supreme Court ruled against Hollis King’s claims that his arrest – and all the pieces of evidence collected thereafter – is unconstitutional. In an 8-1 vote, the ruling of a Kentucky Supreme Court was reversed by the justices. The court said that King’s rights were in no way violated and that the police officers acted as they should. Only one of the justices, Justice Ruth Ginsburg, was in favor of King.

Justice Samuel Alito admitted that everyone has the right not to answer a knock on the door, let alone allow the police come in your home. In similar cases, police officers are required by the law to secure a warrant from the court. Alito, however, pointed out that it is an entirely different story for people who choose to destroy evidence.

Binsburg insisted that the other Justices gave police officers an excuse to regularly avoid securing warrants during drug cases. She added that from now on police officers are confident to knock on doors and break them down even though they have enough time to get a warrant.

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New York Cop Guilty of Faking a 911 Call

A police officer who is accused of rape in New York City admitted on Monday that he really did make a fake call to 911 so he and his fellow officer could go back to the apartment of the victim.

Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata face charges of burglary, rape, and misconduct due to the December 2008 incident with a fashion executive.

Prosecutors said that Mata, 29-years-old and Moreno, 43-years-old reacted to a 911 call from a driver saying that his passenger is too intoxicated to get out of his cab. The police officers then accompanied the woman inside her apartment.

The officers left afterwards, but later returned in response to another 911 call, which Kenneth Moreno has admitted he faked. They also returned twice after that incident.

In April 2009, the two were arrested following examination of evidence provided by the victim. She secretly taped a conversation between her and Moreno using a watch with a microphone. In the conversation Moreno acknowledged the fact that he used a condom but also insisted that nothing happened between them.

At first, Moreno denied raping the fashion executive when he took the witness stand in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court. However, he admitted that he had made the fake 911 call. He even said that it was a stupid and dumb thing to do.

The defendant testified that he tried to assist the victim as he himself used to abuse alcohol after the 9/11 Twin Towers attack and a battle over her daughter’s custody.

Moreno reiterated that they spoke about tips on how to stop drinking. He also said that while they were talking, the woman dragged her to the bed and started kissing him. He added that she needed to be held so she can be consoled.

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