Simple Assault Justified Warrantless Home Entry – Brigham v. Stuart

In today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court captioned Brigham City v. Stuart, the justices ruled that a simple assault within a home that was witnessed by the police from outside constituted sufficient basis for the officers to enter the residence without a warrant. Despite the minor nature of the offense, the justices ruled that it was reasonable for the officers to come to the aid of the party being assaulted prior to an escalation of the violence and the attendant risk of more serious injury.

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