Entrusting the Fourth Amendment to the Dogs: Canine Evidence and the Constitution
October 23 Event at the National Press Club
Please join the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and a panel of privacy and Fourth Amendment experts as we discuss the implications of two cases to be argued before the Supreme Court on October 31, 2012, challenging law enforcement use of drug detection dogs. The discussion will be followed by a live demonstration with a handler and a trained drug sniffing dog. Florida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris raise fundamental privacy questions about the true sanctity of one’s home and law enforcement’s use of enhanced searching technologies. Whether travelling through public airports, Amtrak train stations, subway stations, or simply walking down the street, each of us is subject to law enforcement using a dog to sniff our person and our belongings. These cases will have a substantial effect on the way law enforcement can use dogs and other technologies to conduct searches in the future. This event will be live broadcast on C-SPAN 3.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The National Press Club
529 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20045
Introductory Remarks, NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin.
Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.
Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC); Professor of Information Privacy Law, Georgetown University Law Center.
Danielle Spinelli, Partner and Supreme Court Litigator, WilmerHale; former clerk to The Hon. Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court, 2000-01.
Jeffrey S. Weiner, Criminal Defense Lawyer and Dog Sniff Expert, Miami, Florida; Past President of NACDL (1991-92).
G. Savage (moderator), Supreme Court Reporter for the Los
Angeles Times and Chicago
If you plan to attend, please advise NACDL National Affairs Assistant Elsa Ohman via email at email@example.com.
NACDL’s joint amicus curiae briefs are available here: Florida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris.
In addition, on September 14 and 21 respectively, NACDL released a two-part podcast on these cases featuring Danielle Spinelli, an NACDL member and principal author of NACDL’s joint amicus briefs in both Florida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris; Dr. Lawrence Myers, a leading dog sniff expert who teaches at Auburn University; and NACDL’s National Security and Fourth Amendment Counsel Mason Clutter. These and all previous episodes of NACDL’s “The Criminal Docket” podcast series are available free of charge at www.nacdl.org/thecriminaldocket as well as in Apple’s iTunes store.
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09/14/12 Episode Twenty-One ~ Dog Sniffs at the Supreme Court - Part One
09/21/12 Episode Twenty-Two ~ Dog Sniffs at the Supreme Court - Part Two