No Warrant Required for Toilet Search

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled that no warrant need be obtained to search a suspect^ feces. In the case of Venner v. Maryland, police learned.from hospital X-rays lliat Vernier had probably swallowed several balloons. They waited until the evidence was passed and recovered balloons filled with marijuana extract.

After he was convicJed. Vernier appealed on the grounds that the evidence had been obtained by illegal search and seizure and thus in violation of the Fourth Amendment.. The appeals court „ however, held that his bowel movement was abandoned property and that his person and property were not violated by the warrantless search.

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