|April 14, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Today, Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling invalidating a drug conviction based on the location of law enforcement officers and a police dog, which were lawfully present outside the defendant’s home.
“This Supreme Court ruling hinders law enforcement’s ability to protect citizens by identifying and arresting drug dealers. The court’s decision clearly conflicts with binding U.S. Supreme Court precedent and decisions of courts nationwide. We will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn this flawed decision,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
To view the Florida Supreme Court ruling, please click here: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2011/sc08-2101.pdf