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Anonymous 911 calls are now enough


Prior to today, Colorado law required that an anonymous 911 call reporting an alleged drunk driver be corraborated by some independent observations by the law enforcement officer who would ultimately stop the driver and investigate whether the driver was in fact driving under the influence.  Today, the Supreme Court of the United States gutted this long standing legal principle.  The Navarette case states that even when an officer follows a suspected DUI defendant for miles and observe no behavior suggesting impairment, the anonymous caller's suggestion is enough.
As a Denver DUI defense attorney, I weep for today's ruling and it's erosion of 4th Amendment protections.