- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona court ruling says a man’s convictions shouldn’t be overturned because sheriff’s deputies didn’t get a warrant before they entered the man’s home because they thought a burglary might be in progress.

Leland Joseph Jacot appealed his Coconino County convictions on drug and weapons charges.

Deputies entered Jacot’s home while looking for a suspect in a burglary spree. They had been told Jacot was away but they found the front door open after walking through a driveway gate and approaching the home.

Jacot’s appeal said deputies needed a warrant to enter the home, but the state Court of Appeals disagreed.

The court cited a legal doctrine that allows evidence discovered without a warrant to be used in court when officers are performing functions that reasonably serve public safety.

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