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SCOTUS Issues Unanimous Opinion on Warrantless Search and Seizure in the Home

Posted May 21, 2021

On May 17, 2021 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 9-0 decision  in Caniglia v. Strom, holding that the community caretaking exception is not a standalone exception permitting warrantless search and seizures in the home. The Supreme Court found the lower court’s application of a warrantless search and seizure exception from Cady v. Dombrowsky, which included a post-accident routine search of an impounded car, cannot compare to search and seizure within a home. The Supreme Court concluded that the police violated the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement when they entered Caniglia’s home and seized his handguns and ammunition without consent and without an exigent circumstance. See SCOTUSblogYahoo News.