search warrant

noun

Definition of search warrant

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

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The Tribune has reported that the FBI executed a search warrant at Quinn’s home in mid-May, with a source saying that federal agents had shown interest in computers and electronic equipment. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "New depositions reveal Team Madigan’s ‘strange’ request: Help a candidate run against the speaker," 1 July 2019 Police initially identified Ajayi as a person of interest Thursday after serving a search warrant at his home in the Fairpark neighborhood. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Here's what we know about the person accused of killing Mackenzie Lueck," 28 June 2019 Investigators served a search warrant at the teen’s home Thursday and arrested him, police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Police make arrest in Branford jogger attack," 28 June 2019 Police served a search warrant overnight at a home in Salt Lake City that may be connected to the disappearance of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Search for missing University of Utah student leads police to home near where she was dropped off," 27 June 2019 Nine days later, the Waukesha County Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group executed a search warrant at the Owen residence. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Oconomowoc father and son were charged with selling Xanax to a confidential informant, complaint says," 26 June 2019 After the shooting, police served a search warrant at Hall’s home on Sandra Court. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Walnut Creek police release footage, 911 calls in fatal shooting of man suffering from mental illness," 25 June 2019 On April 12, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Glasgow Avenue home, where Palmero and Morrison lived. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Men said they buried their friend after his overdose to avoid jail, cops say. Now they’re facing charges," 7 June 2019 Court records show no criminal charges for Smith until the most recent case, after police in April 2018 executed a search warrant at the Carthage house. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "How a 600-pound man ran a drug operation from the bed of Carthage home," 4 June 2019

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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search warrant

noun

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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Legal Definition of search warrant

see warrant

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