Supreme Court Sniffing Around

In another shot to the heart of the Bill of Rights and to the distress of civil liberties groups, the Supreme Court has broadened the powers of police search by “ruling that drug-sniffing dogs can be used to check out motorists even if officers have no reason to suspect they may be carrying narcotics.” This 6–2 decision (Rehnquist did not participate) came down upon hearing the case of Illinois v. Caballes. Pulled over for doing 71 mph in a 65 mph zone, Caballes’ car was then subjected to a drug dog search because troopers said he “seemed nervous.” This latest move not only redefines police powers but the word “reasonable” as well.