Calif. court rules police can use anonymous tip as prelude to searching home

Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Police who get an anonymous tip about a crime suspect don't have to check it out before going to the suspect's home and asking to be let in, the state Supreme Court ruled today.

In a unanimous decision, the court said police can enter a home with a resident's permission, after a "knock-and-talk'' conversation at the door, without the evidence of wrongdoing they need for an involuntary detention or search.

"The sanctity of the home is not threatened when police approach a residence, converse with the homeowner and properly obtain consent to search,'' Justice Carol Corrigan wrote for the court.

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