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Published May 25, 2013, 12:17 PM

Several cases back in court after drug dog ruling

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo judge's ruling has defense attorneys revisiting cases where police used drug-sniffing dogs.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo judge's ruling has defense attorneys revisiting cases where police used drug-sniffing dogs.

The Forum reports (http://bit.ly/12W88S8) that Judge Wickham Corwin threw out evidence collected at the home of an alleged drug dealer because police used a dog to sniff outside the suspect's apartment without a warrant.

Corwin based his decision on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says police can't use a dog to detect the smell of drugs from outside a home without a warrant.

Deputy Police Chief Pat Claus says a handful of cases will likely return to court, but could not be specific.

Fargo defense attorney Mark Friese (freeze), a former police officer, says he doesn't think the requirement will hamper drug investigations because police can quickly get a warrant by contacting a judge.

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