Courthouse Steps Decision: District of Columbia v. Wesby

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On January 22th, the Supreme Court handed down a decision for District of Columbia v. Wesby. In this case, law enforcement officers responded to noise complaints of a party going on in a home where the owner was not present. The officers removed partiers from the premises though the partiers thought that their host, a renter, had attained permission for the party. The case seeks to answer two questions: First, whether officers have probable cause to arrest for unlawful entry under D.C. law despite a claim of good-faith entry? Second, whether the law was sufficiently clearly established to justify the denial of immunity to the officers?

Bryan Weir joins us to discuss the implications of the decision. 


Bryan Weir, Associate, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC. 


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