Truth Frequency Radio
Mar 14, 2015

www.blacklistednews.com_2015-03-14_10-50-39Sound law enforcement be allowed to search your garbage without a warrant? For decades it has been debated, and the largely agreed-upon answer was that they do. But recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a person should not expect privacy when it comes to the contents of a garbage container.

Once the trash can or recycling bin is placed outside, the Court ruled that police no longer need a warrant to search it.

The ruling came Wednesday, as the Court determined the legality based on the case of a Hutchinson, Minnesota man who said that the Minnesota Constitution protected him even more from warrantless police searches than does the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which already is supposed to guard against unlawful searches.

But the Minnesota Supreme Court disagreed. They said that the language is essentially the same in both the state and federal constitutions, and the Fourth Amendment cannot be construed to protect one’s trash against warrantless searches.

This issue is complicated by the fact that most people place their trash cans on their own property when setting them out. The court has thus ruled that police may trespass on your property, and search through your discarded items without your knowledge or permission. All of that, they assert, is perfectly legal and constitutional.

Justices David Lillehaug and Alan Page disagreed strongly with this ruling, however. In his dissenting opinion, Lillehaug wrote that household waste should be highly protected, since it almost universally contains intimate, personal information that the average citizen assumes and wants to remain private.

Source: Alternative Media Syndicate

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