Florida v. Harris: The United States Supreme Court holds Florida's Supreme Court was Barking up the Wrong Tree in a Dog Sniff Case (PDF)
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The US Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, reversed the Florida Supreme Court and upheld the search at issue. Because the Court's statements concerning probable cause eschewed "a neat set of legal rules," the Florida Supreme Court "flouted this established approach to determining probable cause." Justice Kagan wrote that the Florida Supreme Court's checklist was "the antithesis of a totality-of-the-circumstances analysis."
Jay Shapiro is a partner in the New York office of White and Williams LLP. Jay has more than 30 years experience concentrating his practice in litigation matters. He began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office (1980-1988) and later joined the King's County District Attorney's Office (1990-2002) where he became the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Rackets Division before going into private practice. Mr. Shapiro has tried more than thirty-five cases in state and federal court. In private practice, he has handled litigation involving insurance fraud, white collar crime and Lanham Act (trademark) violations.
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