In a case we brought up here last January, Collins v Virginia, SCOTUS came down May 29 (sorry we missed it) in favor of Ryan Collins, whose privacy rights the justices agreed 8 to 1 were infringed when a police officer lifted a cover on a stolen motorcycle parked in Collins’ driveway.

The justices agreed that officers generally must steer clear of the area around a person’s house – its “curtilage” – unless they have a warrant or are invited onto the property. The majority said Monday those restrictions apply even when the target of the search is a vehicle that could easily be moved.

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