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Monday, March 20, 2017

Ensminger & Papet on Canine Forensics and Police Culture

John J. Ensminger and L. E. Papet (John J. Ensminger, Esq. and K9 Resources, LLC) has posted Walking Search Warrants: Canine Forensics and Police Culture after Florida v. Harris (Journal of Animal & Natural Resource Law, Vol. X, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The 1983 Supreme Court case of U.S. v. Place set initial parameters to tell police how and when dogs could be used at airports and in a number of other environments. Recently, narcotics detection dogs have come to be considered “walking search warrants” by their human counterparts. Particularly since the United States Supreme Court decided Florida v. Harris in 2013, such attitudes in law enforcement have been reinforced as to the use of such dogs in public places. This article explores the interaction of canine forensics and police culture, particularly focusing on the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris.

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