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U.S. Supreme Court Limits Police Rental-Car Searches

  • Court rules unanimously that unauthorized drivers have rights
  • Police found drugs, body armor in search of rental car’s trunk
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that rental-car drivers may have the right to prevent police from searching the vehicle, even if they aren’t authorized to drive it.

The court unanimously breathed new life into Terrence Byrd’s appeal of his conviction stemming from the heroin and illegal body armor that Pennsylvania state troopers found in the trunk of a car he was driving. Byrd’s girlfriend had rented the Ford Fusion, and he wasn’t on the rental agreement.