Knock & Announce Violation Does Not Require Suppression – Hudson v. Mich.

In today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Hudson v. Michigan, the Justices ruled that a violation of the common-law “knock and announce” procedure utilized by police when serving a search warrant does not require suppression of the evidence subsequently seized under the authority of the warrant. In its plurality decision, Justice Scalia wrote for the Court that although the Fourth Amendment requires that police generally knock and announce their presence before entering a residence under the authority of a search warrant, a violation of this rule does not require the harsh sanction of suppression in order to deter future police violations of this rule.

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