Washington Supreme Court limits police searches

Apr 6, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington Supreme Court ruling says police in the state need a warrant to search a car for evidence after someone has been taken into custody.

The ruling Thursday reverses convictions for two men who were arrested after traffic stops when police searched their cars and found drugs.

The Seattle Times reports the ruling recognizes the state constitution affords residents more privacy protections than are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.