Supreme Court limits police's ability to search cars for drugs
Police cannot extend the length of a traffic stop, even very briefly, to conduct a fishing expedition to determine whether the vehicle contains drugs. Though police retain a fair amount of ability to use routine traffic stops to seek out evidence of other crimes, the thrust of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's opinion in
Rodriguez v. United States
is that they cannot extend a traffic stop even for a minute without a new justification for extending their search.
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