Police may not "manufacture" an emergency situation to justify the warrantless search of a hotel room, a divided panel of the 3rd Circuit has ruled. The decision overturns a conviction for possession of crack cocaine and sharpens a split among the federal circuits in cases where police claim that a warrantless search was justified by "exigent circumstances."
3rd Circuit Weighs In on Warrantless Searches
The Legal Intelligencer
February 15, 2006