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Latest Knock-and-announce Stories

2006-06-15 13:30:09

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that evidence could be used even when the police entered a suspect's home illegally by failing to knock on the door or announce their presence. By a 5-4 vote, splitting along conservative-liberal lines, the high court ruled that a police violation of the so-called knock-and-announce rule does not require that the evidence seized during the search be thrown out. The court's newest member,...

2006-06-15 10:40:02

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that evidence can be used even if the police violated the rule requiring them to knock on the door and announce their presence before entering to search a suspect's home. By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld a Michigan court ruling that the officers' failure to knock did not disqualify evidence seized under a valid search warrant. The ruling was the latest in a series by the court's conservative...

2006-04-19 16:05:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would hear arguments again on whether evidence can be used if the police fail to knock on the door and announce their presence before entering and searching a suspect's home. The court gave no explanation why the case would be argued a second time, but it could be deadlocked by a 4-4 vote due to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, and her replacement, Justice Samuel Alito, might be needed to break the tie. The...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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