19 April 2013

Exigent circumstances

A little bit about exigent circumstances:
Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Sen. Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles. About ten hours later, LAPD officers went to Sirhan’s home and conducted a warrantless search for evidence of a conspiracy. Although the officers had no specific reason to believe that Sirhan was involved in a conspiracy to kill other political leaders, the California Supreme Court ruled the entry was justified because the potential threat was so serious. Said the Court, “Although the officers did not have reasonable cause to believe that the house contained evidence of a conspiracy to assassinate prominent political leaders, we believe that the mere possibility that there might be such evidence in the house fully warranted the officers’ actions.”
Source here. h/t @ClueAx.
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