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Criminal Practice – Grenade in Closet Not ‘Exigent Circumstances’ (access required)

U.S. v. Yengel Exigent circumstances did not justify an officer’s warrantless entry into a locked closet in the home of a man who had been removed from the home in response to a domestic violence call; the 4th Circuit said a report by the man’s wife that he kept a grenade in the closet was not enough to justify the search, as police waited about two hours to evacuate the area – including the nearby bedroom where a child slept.

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