Patriot Act's "Sneak and Peek" Warrants Used in Domestic Cockfighting Case
The Patriot Act expanded the government's ability to use sneak and peek (delayed notice) warrants.
“This is one of the few provisions of the Patriot Act that was sneaked into the Patriot Act in the middle of the night so that no one knew it was there,” said Michelle Richardson, a legislative consultant for the ACLU’s Washington, D.C., Legislative Office. “It was passed without everyone knowing about it.”
Prior to the Patriot Act, she said, federal courts had held that agents could conduct secret searches and defer notifying the targets for short periods of time in very limited circumstances, such as when someone’s life might be in danger.
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