A warrant was issued based on an affidavit from police following accusations from an informant that Rodriques had drugs in her apartment and in a condom in her vagina. A semi forced hospital search produced no such drugs and none were found in her apartment. She brought action for violation of her right to be free from unreasonable search under the State's Civil Rights Act after a federal 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action also granted the defendants qualified immunity. Summary judgment in favor of the defendants was granted.
On review before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts at Bristol, the court
ruled that previous holdings excuse liability for reasonable but mistaken probable cause
determinations. The court noted the need for judicial review and determination of such
search procedures in requiring more than probable cause but determined that since no such
rule was, as of yet, established it would not benefit Rodriques. See: Rodriques v.
Furtado, 410 Mass. 878, 575 N.E.2d 1124 (1991).
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Rodriques v. Furtado
|Cite||410 Mass. 878, 575 N.E.2d 1124 (1991)|
|Level||State Supreme Court|