US SUPREME (ANIMAL) COURT: HIGH COURT DECIDES TWO CASES INVOLVING DOGS

SupremeCourtJustices_2012_032620121Within the last 90 (ninety) days the United States Supreme Court has issued two opinions involving dogs. One named Aldo and the other named Franky. Franky smelled cannabis from the porch of Mr. Jardines’ House.  Aldo alerted on two different occasions  to something he thought was in Mr. Harris’s car. ( I think the police were targeting poor Mr Harris.) Neither time was the type of evidence Aldo was trained to find, found. In fact, the second time nothing was found at all. In Jardines v. Florida, 132 S.Ct. 995 (2012), the Court held that Aldo’s sniff into Mr. Jardines’ house from the porch was an unlawful search. In Florida v. Harris, SCO8-1871(2011), the Court said that it really didn’t matter all that much that Franky was 0 for 2 with Mr. Harris, and that there were no Field Records to show how accurate Aldo was when he was sniffing on cars owned by people other than Mr. Harris.

Both Dogs barely graduated from the Police Obedience Academy. Aldo has been disciplined three times for conduct unbecoming a K-9.  And Franky still isn’t potty-trained.

 

 

 

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