Supreme Court Curbs Drug-Sniffing Dogs During Traffic Stops

Daily News Article - April 23, 2015


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What amendment to the U.S. constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures?
b) Write out the text of the amendment.

3. How will the ruling affect future police stops?

4. a) How did Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explain the majority’s decision?
b) List the justices who joined Justice Ginsburg in the majority.
c) Why did the Court fault the lower courts for ruling against the plaintiff?

5. a) Name the justices who dissented.
b) How did Justice Thomas explain the dissenting opinion?

6. What happens to the case now?

CHALLENGE: Read the case “Rodriguez v. United States” here.
a)  Do you agree with the majority ruling or minority dissent? Explain your answer.
b)  Ask a parent the same question.