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Court Defines Property Rights In FL Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Florida couple's rights were violated when officers entered their garage, but it didn't allow them to collect any damages for the intrusion.
The court's decision 8-4 last week said prior case law doesn't inform officers that entering an open garage without a warrant violates to arrest the home's owner violates the Constitution.
But dissenters say the court's decision won't help protect others from similar situations.
The case was filed after a deputy attempted to serve John Coffin with a temporary restraining order. Cynthia Coffin tried to close the automatic garage door when a deputy walked into the garage to serve the warrant.
The 11th Circuit has jurisdiction over federal cases from Georgia, Alabama and Florida.


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