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Louisiana: Federal Judge OKs Drug Dog Search In Driveway

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"It is true that the facts are lacking two points commonly associated with traffic stops: a vehicle en route on a public road and evidence of pursuit by the officer, namely lights and/or sirens," Judge Foote ruled. "Nonetheless, the court finds little differentiating this factual scenario from that of a traffic stop, when we consider the totality of circumstances leading up to the scene at Beene's residence."

The magistrate last month rejected Beene's motion to suppress the evidence, arguing the driveway is not a space protected by the Fourth Amendment.

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