Black Robes Speak!: April 2013
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As I Predicted, U. S. Supreme Court Rules Law Enforcement MUST Obtain A Warrant Before Drawing Blood Sample From A Driver Suspected Of Driving Drunk.

Check out the case here.

As an avowed Liberty Lover, I greatly applaud the near unanimous opinion of the court. as wise Justice Sonya Sotomayer told it:

"But the fact that people are “accorded less privacy in . . . automobiles because of th[e] compelling governmental need for regulation,” California v. Carney, 471 U. S. 386, 392 (1985), does not diminish a motorist’s privacy interest in preventing an agent of the government from piercing
his skin".

Concluding she states:  "We hold that in drunk-driving investigations, the natu­ral dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not con-stitute an exigency in every case sufficient to justify
conducting a blood test without a warrant."

Yes, indeed!

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