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April 18, 2013



Train Aldo to sniff and signal on booze...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a drug-sniffing German shepherd named Aldo in ruling that police do not have to extensively document a dog’s expertise to justify relying on the animal to search someone’s vehicle.

The unanimous court overturned a decision by the Florida Supreme Court. That court had thrown out a 2006 search of a man’s truck after Aldo “alerted” to the smell of drugs, saying police must compile detailed evidence of the dog’s reliability before probable cause to search the vehicle is established.

Justice Elena Kagan said the Florida court had gone too far, and suggested that proper training and certification of the dog — rather than how it has performed in the field — might be enough for law enforcement’s purposes


That should take care of "warrant" concerns.

Danube of Thought

Good dog. Good dog.


Way to go Aldo!

Jack is Back!

Kagan is obviously not a dog person. Anyone who has had a dog no matter what breed know that there is nothing they can't do especially when you're not watching:)


I had thought that law enforcement could only take blood with the consent of the accused. I am surprised that this can be done with a warrant. It would seem to be a clear violation of the 5th Amendment.

Just another erosion of our basic civil rights, I guess.


Discussion of blood samples did not cause me to immediately think of bar stools when I read "Strange Stool Fellows'.

MarkO on laptop


Thomas Collins

CH, this brings back memories of when I was a newbie lawyer at SS&God. I had an emergency assignment to draft a memo on whether it was permissible, under the Ohio and US Constitutions, to draw blood from an unconscious arrestee to test for the Demon Rum. Stayed up all night to draft it (fueled by caffeine and pizza, not booze).

B Buckner

Actually a US DOT study concluded smoking a small/moderate amount of marijuana does not impair driving performance.


Thomas Collins
"Discussion of blood samples did not cause me to immediately think of bar stools when I read "Strange Stool Fellows'."

I think under the SCOTUS decision that is the subject of this thread, Ignatz, taking an enema of the suspect would also require a warrant. :-))


--the subject of this thread, Ignatz--

I resent that.

Thomas Collins

Whoops! I didn't mean to suggest that you were an arrestee or a stool, Ignatz!


Hey if they arrest me and I rat somebody out I could be both. :)


"Actually a US DOT study concluded ..."

Actually the study was more suggestive than conclusive, and the method of calculating the TCH dosing was so imprecise the findings are essentially meaningless.


"... the findings are essentially meaningless"

Unless you are stoned.



We just smiled and waved goodbye, sittin' on that sack of seed

"Wildwood weed" 1970 something

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