Hot Pursuit and Entry Into Homes, a Practical Take
Kent did a short introduction of today’s Fourth Amendment case, Lange v. California, and I await his more detailed analysis. In the meantime, I was discussing the case with a defense lawyer friend of mine, a very smart guy and a bit of a cynic. One of his pals said that the CNN summary of the case went, “The U.S. Supreme court ruled Wednesday that police cannot enter a home without a warrant when pursuing someone for a minor crime.” My buddy had a different view: “That’s a dead wrong description of an opinion that effectively says the police can do this [a warrantless entry in hot pursuit] 99% of the time and claim good faith the other 1%.”
For most practical purposes in future litigation, that strikes me as pretty much dead on.