search warrant


Definition of search warrant 

: a warrant authorizing a search (as of a house) for stolen goods or unlawful possessions

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In an interview last week, NYPD officials said investigators had identified a suspect on video and were in the process of obtaining a search warrant. Zolan Kanno- Youngs, WSJ, "Bronx Man Arrested in Vandalism of African Burial Ground Monument in New York City," 20 Nov. 2018 The deputies were there to serve a search warrant and have a prearranged interview with his 28-year-old son, Seth Hopkins. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect," 16 Oct. 2018 Authorities had executed a search warrant earlier Thursday at the Florence, New Jersey, home of Mark D'Amico and Katelyn McClure, who raised $400,000 online for Bobbitt. Fox News, "GoFundMe, law firm says homeless Samaritan will get cash," 7 Sep. 2018 After obtaining a search warrant, investigators backed by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Bomb Squad found more devices at Cortez’s home, along with records of sales of the explosives. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Delco man arrested with cache of explosives like those used in Philly ATM blasts," 5 July 2018 Police connected him to the crime through DNA evidence, Smith said, and the connection allowed authorities to obtain a search warrant. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Suspect in 1974 Ice Pick Slaying of Half-Naked Teen Kills Himself as Authorities Close In," 29 June 2018 Officers ordered all five men out of the car, and after further investigation, recovered the red sedan and obtained a search warrant of both the car and the Cunningham Street home. Elise Takahama,, "Police arrest Winthrop man on charges of shooting man in Roxbury and firing gun into crowd," 27 June 2018 October 30, 2016 -- Prosecutors obtained a search warrant to begin reviewing Weiner's laptop for emails related to the Clinton investigation. Laura Jarrett, CNN, "Key dates in the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton's emails," 14 June 2018 The task force executed a search warrant around 8 a.m. at a house in the 300 block of North Park Street, Emiliano Perez, sheriff’s department spokesman, said in a news release. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Police: Task force finds hallucinogenic mushrooms, guns at Crown Point home," 12 June 2018

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of search warrant

: a legal document that gives the police permission to search a place for evidence

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