Future Crime Comes to Texas: Police Can Get A Warrant For Crimes You Might Commit Later


Picture: Tom Cruise in ‘Minority Report’

Y’all better not let ’em think that you’re ‘fixing’ to commit a crime.

Via Raw Story:

An appeals court in Texas ruled last week that police may obtain a search warrant based on the prediction of a future crime.

Officers in Parker County took Michael Fred Wehrenberg and some associates into custody in summer 2010, after watching his home for about a month as part of a drug investigation.

A confidential informant told police that Wehrenberg and others were “fixing to” cook methamphetamine, and investigators searched the house while he and his friends stood outside in handcuffs.

Police said they found pseudoephedrine, stripped lithium batteries and materials used to make meth and then asked a judge to grant them a warrant to search the house.

They did not mention in the warrant application that officers had already gone into the house, and instead only based their request on information supplied by the confidential informant.

After obtaining the warrant, police seized the items they’d already found, and a trial court denied a request by Wehrenberg’s attorneys to exclude those materials as evidence, citing federal “independent source doctrine” that allows the use of illegally seized evidence identified beforehand by a third party.

Wehrenberg pleaded guilty to one count of possession and one count of intent to manufacture meth and was sentenced to five years in prison.
The Second Court of Appeals overturned the lower court’s ruling, saying the trial judge should have excluded the illegally seized evidence, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – which has the final say – agreed with the trial court.

6 Comments on "Future Crime Comes to Texas: Police Can Get A Warrant For Crimes You Might Commit Later"

  1. Zachary Reed | Dec 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm |

    Look out, zee geshtapo is coming for you!

  2. American Cannibal | Dec 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm |

    Hey, what should we expect? We live in America, land of the incarcerated.

  3. We need to nip this crap in the bud before they start ruling on ‘evidence’ of ‘pre-crime’ attained from the NSA spying… That would be one hell of a tyrannical rabbit hole!

  4. The Well Dressed Man | Dec 19, 2013 at 12:53 am |

    in the lone star state, once a body starts fixin to get er done… only the long arm of the law has a chance to wind em on dn down

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