- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court will consider the privacy rights of people on probation.

The justices have agreed to consider a Maricopa County case in which a man on probation for drug convictions sought to suppress evidence obtained during a warrantless search of his residence.

An informant had said drugs were being sold from the man’s residence, and the man’s conditions of probation include submitting to warrantless searches.

A trial judge ruled that a probation search must be supported by a reasonable suspicion and that authorities didn’t have that basis for believing that the man was violating his probation.

However, the state Court of Appeals then ruled that the evidence could be used because what the appellate court called “the totality of circumstances” satisfied the constitutional protection from unreasonable searches.



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