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Scalia: Court Upholding Traffic Stop Based On Anonymous Tip ‘A Freedom-Destroying Cocktail’

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File photo of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

File photo of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving.

The justices voted 5-4 Tuesday to uphold a traffic stop in northern California in which officers subsequently found marijuana in the vehicle. The officers themselves did not see any evidence of reckless driving.

Justice Clarence Thomas said the tip phoned in to 911 that a Ford pickup truck had run the caller off the road was sufficiently reliable to allow for the traffic stop without violating the driver’s constitutional rights.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent in which he called Thomas’ opinion “a freedom-destroying cocktail.”

Scalia made headlines last week when he told a crowd of law school students last week that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.”

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