Florida v. Jardines: The United States Supreme Court Puts a Leash on the Use of a Drug-Sniffing Dog on a Suspect's Front Porch (PDF)
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In Florida v. Jardines, decided March 26, 2013, the Court held that a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment occurs when the police put a drug-sniffing dog on to the front porch with the intention of seeing if the dog reacts in such a way that the presence of drugs is indicated. In rendering its decision, the Court focused on the fact that the dog was brought to the suspect's porch to perform the search.
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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