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SCOTUS is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant.

The court sided 8-1 Tuesday with a Virginia man who complained that police walked onto his driveway and pulled back a tarp covering his motorcycle, which turned out to be stolen.

They acted without a warrant, relying on a line of Supreme Court cases generally allowing police to search a vehicle without a warrant.

The justices said the automobile exception does not always apply when searching vehicles parked adjacent to a home.

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