Bad news for the Police State and the feckless cops who’ve obviously never heard of the Fourth Amendment.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that authorities can no longer impound a person’s vehicle for a set period of time without just cause.
The three judges on the panel – Alex Kozinski, M. Margaret McKeown and Paul J. Watford – all ruled in favor of striking down the law.
Kozinski, who wrote the opinion on the Brewster vs. Beck case, says the California law is in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful searches and seizures.
In the case, Lamya Brewster allowed a family member to borrow her vehicle. The relative was stopped by Los Angeles police and the vehicle was impounded upon finding out that the driver’s license was suspended.
While the seizure was justified, the court said, police should have surrendered the vehicle to Brewster when she provided paperwork a few days later to get her car back.
Source: The Sacramento Bee