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U.S. Supreme Court Overrules FL Court's Drug Sniffing Dog Decision

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
February 20, 2013

Tallahassee, FL- A ruling by the land's highest court is allowing law enforcement to use drug sniffing dogs during traffic stops to detect drugs, even if the dogs aren't trained to detect the specific drugs they find.

The U.S. Supreme Court made the unanimous decision Tuesday.

The case comes from a 2006 traffic stop on the Florida Panhandle that resulted in a drug arrest.

The court ruled as long as the dogs are trained by a bonafide organization then any evidence the dog finds can be admissible in court.

"What this decision has done is essentially changed and perhaps made easier the government's evidentiary burden and insuring that the dog sniff is deemed appropriate and the evidence that is secured as a result of that dog sniff can be admissible court," said Wayne Logan, a criminal law professor at Florida State University.

The Florida Supreme Court had previously reversed the conviction.


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