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Barry Kamins in his office at the New York City Bar Association. Barry Kamins. Photo by Rick Kopstein

For over half a century, the doctrine of hot pursuit has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as an exception to the requirement that a police officer, even with probable cause, may not enter a person’s home to arrest a suspect without a warrant. Courts have been divided, however, on whether pursuit for a misdemeanor justifies a warrantless entry. That issue will now be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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