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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Rodriguez v. United States
Citation:575 U.S. 348 (2015)
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Rodriguez (Defendant) was charged with possession of illegal drugs after a dog sniff conducted after the conclusion of a traffic stop led officers to find methamphetamine in his car. Rodriguez had been pulled over for reckless driving (swerving onto the shoulder of a highway), and after the officers finished writing him a ticket, they brought out a narcotics-detecting drug seven or eight minutes later, which alerted the officers to the drugs in his car. At trial, he argued that the dog sniff violated his Fourth Amendment rights, but he was convicted of the drug offense after the district court refused to suppress the evidence obtained from the search.
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