Friday, January 14, 2011

SCOTUSblog recap of Kentucky v. King oral argument

Argument recap: Choosing the rule for warrantless searches when police create exigent circumstances

During oral argument in Kentucky v. King on Wednesday, the Court struggled to find the proper test for determining when police are prohibited from justifying a warrantless search with exigent circumstances that they create.  Because neither side supported the Kentucky Supreme Court’s two-prong test, a straightforward affirmance seems very unlikely; instead, the Court focused on whether the state’s proposed “lawfulness” test or another of the five tests currently being used by lower courts is best.