[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in Kentucky v. King [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the exigent circumstances rule applies when the police do not act or threaten to act in a way that violates the Fourth Amendment [text]. The case involved a situation where police smelled marijuana outside an apartment door and then knocked on the door announcing their presence. When they heard sounds consistent with the destroying…

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