Court Weighs In on Searches Via Phone Permission

Court Weighs In on Searches Via Phone Permission

The Wyoming Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday on challenges to a recent state law that allows judges to give permission over the phone to police officers to draw blood or perform other tests on people suspected of drunken driving.

Two drivers who submitted to testing after a Teton County judge authorized officers over the phone are contending the tests should be disallowed in their cases.

Lawyers for Dena T. Blomquist and Terry Smith argue that evidence of their clients' blood-alcohol levels should be suppressed.

In written arguments with the court, the lawyers say recorded phone conversations between police and judges don't satisfy what they maintain is a requirement in the Wyoming Constitution that police present written statements in support of their requests for search warrants.

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