Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Media Coverage and Analysis of Kentucky v. King


In Kentucky v. King, the Court held that police may enter a dwelling without a warrant when they hear evidence being destroyed.  Virtually all of the news outlets that cover the Court, including the Associated Press (via TIME), Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, ABA Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and JURIST have coverage of the case.  In what Courthouse News Service describes as a “stinging dissent,” Justice Ginsburg argued that the Court’s decision provided the police with “a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases.”  Nina Totenberg of NPR interviews criminal law experts on the effect of the Court’s decision, while at the Volokh Conspiracy Orin Kerr discusses how the ruling might affect computer searches.  And Tim Lynch of CATO@Liberty responds to Justice Ginsburg’s question regarding “how ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and, on hearing sounds indicative of things moving, forcibly enter and search for evidence of unlawful activity” with this answer:  “a lot less secure.”