Criminal Law

RELEASE: In Fourth Amendment Victory, Court Majority Cites CAC

WASHINGTON – On news today of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lange v. California, holding that “[t]he flight of a suspected misdemeanant does not always justify a warrantless entry into a home,” Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra issued the following reaction:

We are pleased that Justice Kagan cited our brief in her Opinion for the Court, and the common law history that we presented to the justices. As our country continues to grapple with the limits and problems associated with law enforcement’s powers, the Court’s refusal to allow police unfettered entry into the home is welcome. The Court rightly recognized that for police to be able to enter a home without a warrant, exigent circumstances are required.



CAC case page in Lange v. California:


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