Court sides with police in warrantless search

By the Associated Press | May 16, 2011 | 10:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky man who was arrested after police burst into his apartment without a search warrant because they smelled marijuana.

The justices, by an 8-1 vote Monday, reversed a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling that threw out the evidence gathered when officers entered Hollis King's apartment.

The court said there was no violation of King's constitutional rights because the police acted reasonably. Only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.