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Now, which Amendment was that, again?

The Travis McGee Reader reports on a Iowa Supreme Court decision that hopefully, will have legs, to wit,

Justices in a 5-1 decision stopped just short of instituting new rules for Iowa law enforcement agents but strongly signaled their view that traffic stops on the side of public highways are “inherently coercive” and therefore can give rise to improper pressure on motorists to agree to vehicle searches.

They ruled the search illegal and the “evidence” therefore inadmissible.
In short, no more “May I search your car?” in Iowa,  following a routine traffic stop!
The judicial pendulum is ever-so-slowly starting back in the other direction, toward Constitutional Liberty.
Hopefully, other State Judiciaries will see this and follow suit.

h/t Jim

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Now, which Amendment was that, again?

  1. Maybe I'm lucky but I've only had one request to search my car. The officer offered a valid reason; that a car like mine was involved in a crime. He wanted to look in the trunk. After I co-operated, he pointed out my license tabs had expired three months prior. He suggested I take care of the issue when I got back to my home state.That said, I'm agree with your point.

    Posted by Well Seasoned Fool | October 30, 2011, 7:15 am
  2. @Well Seasoned Fool – Thanks. I DO like the concept, hope it becomes a trend.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | October 30, 2011, 7:56 am
  3. Gfa, i hope you're right, that the pendulum is swinging back the other way.

    Posted by Matt | October 30, 2011, 9:16 am
  4. The last time I was stopped in Iowa the state trooper asked "Do you mind if I look in your car?""It's a convertible," I told him. "Not much more to see.""Can I look in the trunk?""Sure, you can look anywhere you like…as long as you have a warrant."He gave me the ticket, admonished me to slow down and went his way.

    Posted by Larry | October 30, 2011, 10:49 am
  5. (If he had asked to look under the hood, I'd have opened it up right away. It's a car guy thing.)

    Posted by Larry | October 30, 2011, 10:51 am
  6. @Matt – me too!@Larry – Understood.I used to know a guy who always said, while ruminating on these issues, "When they say 'Papers, please' I just don't know how I'll react…"

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | October 30, 2011, 10:56 am

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