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Published: Thursday, Jan. 3 2013 7:10 p.m. MST

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Another sad day in America! Go get em Mr. Mahaffey!!!!!! They need to be held accountable.

Temple, TX

Even if the Controlled Substances Act gave authorities permission to search homes without a warrant, it's still unconstitutional. The 4th Amendment expressly recognized the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED."

I really feel for Mr. Mahaffey and abhor what city officials and the police did to him. That is completely unacceptable under any circumstances. You can never get a moment like that back no matter how much you try. Those officers stole something priceless and invaluable.


No Respect

Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks Obama!

Erda, UT

Utah: Once again leading the nation in ignoring its citizens civil and constitutional rights.

Lawrenceville, GA

@Taylor28, You claim that several parts of the story are not true and you express your disdain that no one checked the facts then say you are trying to set the story straight. You don't however produce any evidence of any parts that aren't true or indicate where that information might be found

You havn't set anyone straight at all.

Aliel The Heretic
Waco, TX

Here is how it happens down here in Texas. If a police officer does not have a warrant and he is not defending the life or property of someone else, he is committing an unlawful home invasion.

And if that happens, Texas residents have every right under the law to shoot him 10 times in the face.

And that is EXACTLY why Texas police ALWAYS get a warrant before entering a home.

Chicago, IL

@joseywales, the key is whether you have acquired them legally, by prescription. You don't have to use them at once, if you possess them legally, then it's indefinite. But you can't "inherit" them from someone else, even if it's your deceased spouse.

Chicago, IL

@chcknhawk - "Even if the Controlled Substances Act gave authorities permission to search homes without a warrant," - no, it does not. But as a general principle, the police may enter premises w/o warrant if they have strong reasons to believe that the evidence is about to be destroyed.

Note that it's about the _evidence_ of a crime, not preventive measure like it was. So either when they discovered these drugs, they must have arrested the man; or it was unlawful entry.

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