The Supreme Court ruled Monday that evidence taken during illegal stops can be presented in court if the defendant had an outstanding arrest warrant. Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said it does not matter if the search is not connected to the specific warrant. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, however, said in her dissent that "people of color are disproportionate victims of this type of scrutiny." She warned that the new rules would allow police officers to "stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong."
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