The Roberts Court (2005–present)


Why did Chief Justice Roberts dissent in the Randolph case?

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. dissented vigorously, believing that the majority opinion had distorted Fourth Amendment law. He called the majority’s rule “random” and “arbitrary,” offering “a complete lack of practical guidance for the police in the field, let alone for the lower courts.” Roberts wrote that a tenant assumes the risk that a co-tenant may give permission to law enforcement to conduct a search.


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