Category Archives: Criminal Law & Procedure

U.S. Constitutional

Background on the U.S. Constitution The “founding fathers” memorialized the original 13 colonies’ independence from England in the form of a singular document:  the Constitution.  Given that it was based to a large extent upon English legal principles, the American … Continue reading

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State of Kansas v. Stevenson: The Supreme Court of Kansas rules that the odor of alcohol, alone, does not establish the probable cause needed to search a vehicle

The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures.  In Kansas, courts view any search conducted without a warrant as unreasonable per se under the Fourth Amendment, unless the State can fit the search into one of the recognized … Continue reading

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