Justices weigh anonymous tips in traffic stops

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 4:33 PM

Supreme Court justices talked about nuclear explosions and kidnappings in their debate whether an anonymous tip about reckless driving was enough to justify a police traffic stop.

The high court was meeting Tuesday even as the rest of Washington stayed home in the snow.

And the justices seemed to be having a good time as they wrestled with the rights of defendants who are pulled over even though police have not themselves observed erratic driving or any other violation.

Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that even an anonymous tip about a car headed to Los Angeles carrying terrorists and a nuclear bomb was not by itself enough to warrant stopping the car.

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