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“NO TRESPASSING” signs be damned in 4th Amend. challenges?

Mar 05, 2008 “NO TRESPASSING” signs be damned in 4th Amend. challenges?

Bill of Rights. (From the public domain.)

On February 28, 2008, Maryland’s intermediate appellate court proclaimed that so long as the cops are on legitimate business, they can knock (and keep on knocking — even banging, probably — for minutes on end) in an effort to talk with suspects. Under those circumstances, what are a bunch of "no trespassing" signs between the cops and the suspect for search and seizure challenges? Nothing, says Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals. Jones v. Md., ___ Md. App. ___ (Feb. 28, 2008). I hope this case gets appealed and reversed. 

Jon Katz.

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