The canine nose, used by school officials and law enforcement officers to detect the presence of contraband on persons or in closed containers such as suitcases, lockers, and cars is becoming an increasingly frequent intruder in the lives of Americans.' Judicial analysis of whether this practice constitutes a search within the meaning of the fourth amendment' has important implications for search and seizure law, particularly if the reasoning of these cases is extended to other information-gathering techniques which technology has given and will soon give to law enforcement agencies. Moreover, a recent United States Supreme Court decision on the subject' further highlights its importance. This note examines the question of whether canine sniff inspections are searches under the fourth amendment through critical examination of the federal appellate and Supreme Court jurisprudence on the subject and then by argument that canine sniff inspections should be within the ambit of the fourth amendment.
|Publication Title||Louisiana Law Review|
|Publisher||Louisiana State University|
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