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Anonymous Tip Lines Could Soon Be Everywhere

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Anonymous Tip Lines Could Soon Be Everywhere

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling in Navarette v. California. In that case, an anonymous telephone tip about a drunk driver led to a stop, search, and discovery of marijuana in the suspect’s vehicle. A 5-to-4 majority of Supreme Court justices said the police acted legally. Four justices dissented; writing for the minority, Justice Scalia asserted that the Navarette ruling opens a door for slowly shrinking our constitutional freedoms.

Justice Scalia may have been right. ...

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