The Supreme Court on Thursday weakened the longstanding "knock and announce" rule under which police in most circumstances must knock on the door, announce their presence and wait briefly before forcibly entering a house without a search warrant. Although not repealing the rule itself, Justice Antonin Scalia's 5-4 majority opinion said the traditional remedy for police violation of the rule -- namely, barring the use at trial of the evidence found -- is no longer required.
High Court Eases 'Knock and Announce' Rule for Police
June 16, 2006
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