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SUPCO: Toledo Municipal Court Warrants Unconstitutional


The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled Toledo's municipal court has long issued arrest warrants that are unconstitutional because police weren't required to provide evidence for why they were seeking the warrant.

The court made its ruling in the case of arrest warrants issued for a suspect who was later charged with aggravated murder.   While the court's 6-1 decision Tuesday said Toledo Municipal Court should revamp its process for issuing arrest warrants, it also found that police officers acted in good faith and the warrants themselves were upheld.  Justice Judith Lanzinger, writing for the majority, called the situation troubling because the court had not determined probable cause for arrest warrants for the past 17 years.  Lanzinger called this a "flagrant violation" of the Fourth Amendment.