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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Tom Goldstein
It would be hard to top the historic significance of the term that just ended, but Supreme Court watchers say the justices will confront some momentous questions once again when their next term officially begins Monday.
The super-sensitive nose of Franky the drug dog is at the heart of a question that has now reached the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court: Does a police K-9's sniff outside a house give officers the right to get a search warrant for illegal drugs, or is the sniff itself an unconstitutional search?
The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to endorse a jail policy that forces even people arrested on minor charges to undress and shower while being watched by guards.
The fate of Solicitor General Elena Kagans nomination to the Supreme Court depends on how she defends her decision to restrict military recruiters at Harvard Law School and whether she's prepared to answer the kinds of questions she declined to answer the last time she came before the Senate.
The Supreme Court limited abortion rights, restricted school-integration programs and gave freer rein to political advertising in the 2006-07 term, when a solid conservative majority emerged.
The narrow split between liberal and conservative Supreme Court justices was evident throughout the court's most recent term, with one prominent exception: business cases.
But Thomas Goldstein, representing Mr. Florence, said the court should draw a line that limits intrusion into someone's privacy when there is no cause to suspect he or she is hiding anything.
"When somebody is pulled over like Mr. Florence, it's laugh-out-loud funny to think he is smuggling something into this jail," Mr. Goldstein said.