Posted by | January 4, 2012 07:31 | Filed under: Top Stories

Can a dog sniffing you violate the Fourth Amendment? The Supreme Court may decide.

Franky the drug dog’s supersensitive nose is at the heart of a question being put to the U.S. Supreme Court…

Florida’s highest state court has said Franky’s ability to detect marijuana growing inside a Miami-area house from outside a closed front door crossed the constitutional line. The state’s attorney general wants the Supreme Court to reverse that ruling…

The case, Florida v. Jardines, is being closely monitored by law enforcement agencies nationwide, which depend on dogs for a wide range of law enforcement duties.

“Dogs can be a police officer’s best friend because they detect everything from marijuana or meth labs to explosives,” said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami now in private practice.

Franky (pictured here), just retired, is responsible for the seizure of more than 2.5 tons of marijuana and $4.9 million in drug-contaminated money.

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By: Alan

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