Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Roberts Dissents With Conservative Minority

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the police may not enter a home to search it if they only have consent from one of the homeowners. Chief Justice Roberts dissented, along with Justices Thomas and Scalia. Justice Alito did not participate.

The Chief Justice wrote that the case results in "a complete lack of practical guidance for the police in the field, let alone for the lower courts."

Excerpts from the decision are here.

Ed Whelan at Bench Memos writes that the decision provides "further evidence that he [Roberts] will be a great justice."


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