FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 04/23/08

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, EVIDENCE

Virginia v. Moore, No. 06-1082
In a case raising the issue of whether a police officer violates the Fourth Amendment by making an arrest based on probable cause but prohibited by state law, the Supreme Court rules that warrantless arrests for crimes committed in the presence of an arresting officer are reasonable under the Constitution, and that while states are free to regulate such arrests however they desire, state restrictions do not alter the Fourth Amendment’s protections.

The Supreme Court has ruled that police can conduct searches and seizures of evidence after arrests that sometimes violate state law.