PA Supreme Court Allows Warrantless Searches of Cars
PennLive reports that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will now allow police officers to search cars without getting a search warrant first. From now on, officers will follow federal rulings that they need only self-determined “probable cause” to make a search.
Previously, officers in the Keystone State generally were required to obtain warrants before searching a vehicle unless the car’s owner gave consent for a search.
Justice Seamus McCafferty wrote that, while police must secure warrants before searching homes or offices, “there is a diminished expectation of privacy in motor vehicles” that is recognized not only by the feds, but by other states as well.
The ruling stemmed from a 2010 Philadelphia case.