Legal Analysis of Police Search
There are several legal issues at play in this scenario. First, let’s address the issue of the search warrant. A search warrant is a court order that allows law enforcement to search a specific location for specific items (American Bar Association, 2018). In order for a search warrant to be valid, there must be probable cause, which means that there must be reasonable grounds to believe that the items being sought are likely to be found at the location being searched (Cornell Law School, 2018). In this case, the search warrant was issued by Judge Wells, a retired state police trooper, and it specifically stated that the search was for a gun and stolen jewelry. This satisfies the probable cause requirement for a valid search warrant. Next, we can consider the actions of Officer Chris during the search. When she smelled what she thought was gun powder emanating from the second floor, she had probable cause to believe that there was a gun present in the house. This gave her the legal authority to enter the second floor and seize the gun, as it was a item specifically listed in the search warrant. Additionally, when she noticed the note with the address of a known location for pawning stolen jewelry, she had probable cause to believe that this was related to the stolen jewelry that was also listed in the search warrant (Cornell Law School, 2018). Cont…
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