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Hicks: His Home May Be His Castle, But That Doesn’t Include His Yard

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer A Nova Scotia Department of the Environment Inspector attended at Mr. Hicks’ yard to investigate a complaint about air pollution from material burning in a barrel, contrary to the Environment Act (“Act”). Mr. Hicks was confrontational...

Shapiro on Heien v. North Carolina: Supreme Court's 2014-2015 Calendar Begins with Significant Case Involving Reasonable Suspicion

The new Supreme Court Term began October 6. The first case on the calendar, Heien v. North Carolina, provides the Court an early opportunity to hear argument on a significant search and seizure question: whether a police officer's mistake of law can nevertheless supply the individualized suspicion...

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Jay Shapiro on Rodriguez v. United States: The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on the Reasonableness of a Traffic Stop Extended for a Canine Sniff

Rodriguez v. United States presents an important issue concerning permissible police conduct during a traffic stop, particularly: after a law enforcement officer has completed a traffic infraction stop, does the continued detention of the driver to conduct a dog sniff, without probable cause or reasonable...