Americus case overturned - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Americus case overturned

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Tifton schools get renovations

    Tifton schools get renovations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:10:57 GMT
    Eighth Street Middle School has new ceilings and renovated hallways, and  Matt Wilson is getting improvements too.More >>
    Eighth Street Middle School has new ceilings and renovated hallways, and  Matt Wilson is getting improvements too.More >>
  • 9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:30:46 GMT
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>

November 11, 2004

Americus-- A South Georgia case questioning spouses' rights to consent to a search of their home is overruled by the state Supreme Court and could be heard by the highest court in the land.

In July 2001, Americus police were called to this home on Brown Street for a domestic disturbance. The wife allowed them to search her home without a warrant, directing them to cocaine she said belonged to her husband, Scott Randolph, an Americus attorney.

Randolph objected to the search. He later appealed his drug conviction and won. Now, the State Supreme Court upheld that the search was unconstitutional.

District Attorney Cecilia Cooper says the ruling will greatly impact how authorities handle consensual searches, "It has implications further than drug cases. Now the Supreme Court hasn't gone there yet but the argument could certainly be made that it could impact every search in every kind of case."

The state is considering appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted at 4:17 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com