Challenges to Terry for the Twenty-First Century
34 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 24, 2012
In this Article, the author argues that the Terry regime has a range of costs that may not be fully appreciated. It may cost us information in situations where probable cause does exist, because inarticulate police officers do not do a good job at recounting fast-moving events on the ground. Moreover, recasting the event in Terry terms may lead to memory contamination. The author argues that the rise of body-worn video will help the courts find a way forward, and that the constitutional regime needs the flexibility to allow courts to consider Fourth Amendment reasonableness based on all available information.
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