Unwarranted Warrant?

How far can the police go in procuring a warrant based on an affidavit “so lacking in indicia of probable cause” that the resulting search not only violates the Fourth Amendment, but exposes the officer to civil action? Beats me. SC111205wide_Wolfson

I wasn’t in court to cover the story, but rather to try out a new combination of sketching media. Here’s what I came away with. SC111205_Coates

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This was not the usual audience of spectators. I don’t think they had anything to do with the cases being argued, and in fact they looked a little bored. SC111205_Arabs

The case is Messerschmidt v. Millender.

 

 

 

 

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Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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