Tomorrow, March 24, 2021, at 10Am, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Caniglia v. Strom, a major 4th Amendment search & seizure case based in Rhode Island

From the Rhode Island ACLU (1/25/21) “The case, dating back to 2015, involves Cranston resident Edward Caniglia, whose two lawfully owned firearms were seized from his home without a warrant or his consent in a non-emergency situation as a result of a “wellness check” conducted by Cranston police officers.  His wife had called the police department to express concern about his mental health in response to an argument they had had the night before.”

“When officers arrived at his house the day after that argument, they told Caniglia that his firearms would be confiscated unless he agreed to a mental health evaluation. Caniglia agreed, and was transported by ambulance to Kent Hospital where he was evaluated and promptly released. However, despite their assurances to the contrary, police officers entered Caniglia’s home in the meantime and confiscated his two firearms and ammunition for “safekeeping.” The officers told Caniglia’s wife that once he was cleared by the hospital, he could pick up them up at the station. But when Caniglia tried to do so, he was told it was department policy not to return weapons confiscated for safekeeping without a court order.”

The “Friend Of The Court Brief” as filed:

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1/25/21: ACLU Files Brief In U.S. Supreme Court In Major “Search & Seizure” Case From Rhode Island


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