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Court rejects routine no-warrant DUI blood tests

Arizona Daily Star

The Supreme Court has ruled that police must usually try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests for drunken-driving suspects.

The justices on Wednesday sided with a Missouri man who was subjected to a blood test without a warrant and found to have nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.  

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said for the court that the natural dissipation of alcohol in the blood is generally not sufficient reason to jettison the requirement that police get a judge’s approval before drawing a blood sample.

Missouri and the Obama administration were asking the court to endorse a blanket rule that would have allowed the tests without a warrant.

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2 Responses to Court rejects routine no-warrant DUI blood tests

  1. John W. says:

    Whether this guy appeared to be drunk or not, we should not skirt the law for a blood test nor any other incident requiring a warrant. That law was passed to protect our rights. Notice how even the Police are trying to further our plight into a communist country.

  2. anne says:

    the judges did right in this instance. Thankfully.

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