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Criminal Procedure

2013

University at Buffalo School of Law

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Passing The Sniff Test: Police Dogs As Surveillance Technology, Irus Braverman Jan 2013

Passing The Sniff Test: Police Dogs As Surveillance Technology, Irus Braverman

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In October 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States will review the case of Florida v. Jardines, which revolves around the constitutionality of police canine Franky’s sniff outside a private residence. Essentially, the Court will need to decide whether or not the sniff constitutes a “search” for Fourth Amendment purposes. This Article presents a review of the often-contradictory case law that exists on this question to suggest that underlying the various cases is the Courts’ assumption of a juxtaposed relationship between nature and technology. Where dog sniffs are perceived as a technology, the courts have been inclined to ...