Kansas Supreme Court narrows scope of police vehicle searches

TOPEKA | The Kansas Supreme Court struck down a law allowing police to search for evidence of any crime in a traffic stop, rather than only evidence to support the crime for which the stop was made.

The court's unanimous ruling Friday has the effect of narrowing the scope of a search that can be made without a warrant when a driver is stopped. The ruling is from a 2006 Emporia case where drug paraphernalia was found in a vehicle.

The court said it was compelled to strike down the law because of an April ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that put new limits on the ability of police to search a vehicle immediately after an arrest.