Indiana Supreme Court to consider case on police searches

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has decided to consider a case that deals with police searches.

The high court on Monday announced it would hear written and oral arguments in a case that weighs whether a police officer can legally open a pill container found in the pocket of a person who’s under arrest.

The (Munster) Times reports that the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in February that Indianapolis police violated the state constitutional rights of Antonio Garcia when an officer opened a container in his pocket. The officer found half of a narcotic pain relief pill that ultimately was used as evidence to convict Garcia for possession of a controlled substance.

The high court likely will issue its verdict sometime next year.