Vehicle Searches Once Again Considered By the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided whether the driver of a rental car could claim Fourth Amendment protections after a search of his vehicle. Latasha Reed rented a vehicle listing only her name as an authorized driver on the rental agreement. She then walked out of the building and handed the keys to Terrence Byrd who drove off with the vehicle. He was later stopped by the police and, upon finding that his name was not on the rental agreement, officers concluded he had no expectation of privacy. They searched the vehicle against Byrd’s wishes. In the trunk, officers found body armor and several bricks of heroin. Continue reading

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