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Supreme Court to debate whether misdemeanors merit warrantless home search

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in a California DUI case that has sweeping implications for police power in the U.S. The question at issue: When can police enter a home without a warrant? Police are generally required to have a warrant under the 4th Amendment’s prohibition on “unreasonable searches.” But courts have allowed exceptions when an officer is in “hot pursuit” of a suspect believed to have committed a felony, and a few states have extended the exception to misdemeanor pursuits. Civil liberty groups say the case could vastly expand police powers, allowing home entry for a wide array of minor offenses. 

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