How Far Can The Government Go To Apprehend A Terror Suspect?

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  • 1. 
    Bob is 24 and never had trouble with the law. He had a party last night and someone left a joint in an ashtray on his kitchen table. During their search for the terror suspect in Boston, police announced that they were entering his apartment to search for the suspect. Knowing about the marijuana, Bob tells the police they cannot enter without a warrant. The police reply that this is a matter of public safety and they will enter his apartment without his permission or a warrant. The police find the marijuana. Marijuana is illegal. Should the police be allowed to arrest Bob on the spot?
    • A. 

      Yes, marijuana in illegal.

    • B. 

      No, the marijuana is the fruit of the poison tree and the police have no right to arrest him because of Bob's assumed right to privacy.

    • C. 

      The police had no right to enter Bob's apartment without a properly executed search warrant.

    • D. 

      It was a special situation, but I really don't think Bob should be arrested.

  • 2. 
    Pete has a friend who works in a cigarette factory. Pete's friend gives him a few cartons of untaxed cigarettes every year for Christmas. Pete lives next door to Bob. After the police leave Bob's apartment they go to Pete's. The police find the cigarettes in plain sight on Bob's dresser in his bedroom. Possession of untaxed cigarettes is a state and federal crime. 
    • A. 

      Pete should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law as a tax evader.

    • B. 

      Pete probably shouldn't have the cigarettes but the police should leave him alone.

    • C. 

      The cigarettes are Pete's private property and he is protected by the Constitution from unnecessary searches. However, there is no excuse for breaking the law.

    • D. 

      The police have no right, even under the circumstances to enter Pete's apartment without a search warrant.

  • 3. 
    Harry is a heroin addict who lives next door to Pete. When the police enter his apartment after not receiving an answer to their knocks, yet hearing the television, they find Harry nodded out in his chair. A hypodermic needle and a half gram of heroin are next to him. The police rouse Harry from his stupor.
    • A. 

      For his own good, Harry should be immediately transported to the hospital.

    • B. 

      Without probable cause, such as the sounds of a struggle or firm knowledge that the terror suspect had indeed been in Harry's apartment building, the police had no right to enter Harry's apartment without a search warrant and any illegal items found in the apartment are not admissable evidence in a court of law.

    • C. 

      Even though the search is illegal on Constituional grounds, Harry should be immediately transported to the hospital and arrested after he is checked out.

    • D. 

      Sensing that the occupants of the apartment might be in danger, the police had a right to enter Harry's apartment. Finding the heroin in plain sight, they are right to arrest him.