Media for Florida v. JardinesAudio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 31, 2012 in Florida v. Jardines
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - March 26, 2013 in Florida v. Jardines
And no neighbor would think it proper to slip a metal detector around the front lawn before coming to the door and asking permission.
The officers here were on the porch to gather evidence, nothing more, and we have no trouble concluding that the social norms that invite a visitor to the front door do not extend that far.
We therefore need not and do not decide whether the officers violated the reasonable expectations of privacy approach described in Katz versus United States, that the officers learned what they learned only by gathering evidence in a constitutionally protected area is enough to know that a search occurred.
The judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida is affirmed.
Justice Kagan has flied a concurring opinion in which Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor joined.
Justice Alito has filed a dissenting opinion in which the Chief Justice and Justices Kennedy and Breyer joined.