Skip to comments.South Carolina Supreme Court temporarily bans no-knock warrants
Posted on 07/12/2020 6:38:07 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mamaEdited on 07/12/2020 11:03:51 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily ordered judges to stop issuing “no-knock” search warrants.
The announcement, signed by Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty on Friday, said circuit and summary judges cannot sign off on the warrants until they receive further instruction from the state’s judicial branch on how to issue the warrants.
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About bloody time.
Might avoid a bloody time, come to think of it.
Up next, asset forfeiture (except as a penalty imposed as part of a sentence after a guilty verdict at trial).
For your interest.
Need this to go national.
Finally breath of sanity. Just needs to be done nation wide. And after that we need to abolish civil asset forfeiture without arrest, trial, and conviction taking place first.
Of course they will fight that much harder because it’s far too much money going in their pockets.
That will put an end to that crap.
The judge should lead the team.
This is an example of what might have been a good idea in limited situations ends up totally abused by the government.
And if police won’t use these responsibly, then they should be taken away.
Ironic that what brought on awareness of police abuses was the prevalence of video cameras.
It was a revolution that had to be televised.
If police smash their way in to a home before announcing and identifying themselves and before presenting a warrant, its called breaking and entering
a good start. There are many most homeowners who will Immediately shoot dead anyone trying to break in.
Fork no knock warrants. It’s somebodies’ home for Pete’s sake. So what if they are a criminal? Knock and behave accordingly. You are just begging for trouble with a no knock.
A start. Now, civil asset forfeiture and automatic qualified immunity for any and all govt officials and even judges....
But I doubt it. Some animals are more equal....
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There was a time at the federal level when you could only serve a search warrant between dawn and dusk unless you specified why a night warrant was needed. That morphed into the no knock warrant. In an of themselves, they serve a specific valid purpose, not so much safety of officers, but to stop any destruction of evidence i.e. drugs flushed or betting slips destroyed. Today the betting slips are thing of past. Now it would be computer records. Have they been abused, absolutely. Just like with the FISA warrants, a decent idea becomes stretched to extremes by any oppressive government agency. To ban them entirely may be a mistake but something definitely needs be done because throwing the baby out with the bath water is never a good idea. As far as the equally oppressive seizure laws, they need to go unless there is a court rendered verdict for such. For clarity, no knock warrants are distinct from warrentless entry necessitated under exigent circumstances.
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