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CASE ENTRY

Benjamin v. Stemple

Vacant-property owners in Saginaw, Mich. must register their properties with the city; the registration form states that an owner must allow the city to enter her property if it becomes dangerous. Does this system unconstitutionally require an owner to waive her Fourth Amendment rights? Sixth Circuit: Nope. The Fourth Amendment allows warrantless searches of dangerous buildings provided there’s a pre-search hearing to determine whether the building is dangerous.


Tags: 2019, Fourth Amendment, Search Warrant, Searches and Seizures, Sixth Circuit

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