SC bill allowing warrantless searches advances
Apr 14, 2010 6:48:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina legislators moved closer to overriding the governor's veto of a bill allowing officers to search people on probation or parole without a warrant.
The Senate on Wednesday voted 36-7 to override Gov. Mark Sanford's veto. It now goes to the House.
The measure allows officers to bypass going to a judge for a warrant before searching a probationer or parolee on the street. Their vehicles and any possession could also be searched.
Inmates would have to sign off on the searches before they're released. If they don't agree, they could stay in prison for their full term.
Sanford vetoed it two weeks ago, saying it erodes an essential safeguard to liberty.
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