‘Consent once removed’ doctrine before the Court

If an alleged drug dealer invites someone into his home for a drug deal, but that someone turns out to be a police informant who signals the police to come in and arrest the dealer, does that violate the Fourth Amendment? And can the dealer bring a claim against the police, or are they protected by qualified immunity?

These are the questions the Supreme Court will tackle today when the justices hear oral arguments in the highly-anticipated criminal case Pearson v. Callahan, which examines the parameters of the “consent once removed” doctrine.

Also on the docket today are cases involving the Voting Rights Act and criminal sentencing. Stay tuned to DC Dicta and Lawyers USA’s website for coverage of the cases.

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