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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Authorities also executed a search warrant on a trailer linked to Mr. Sayoc near where he was arrested. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Officials Find Bomb-Making Supplies Inside Suspect’s Van," 28 Oct. 2018 On Saturday, officers with a search warrant went to Aquino's Aurora home, according to a press release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man facing felony drug charges after search warrant yields about 14 grams of cocaine: officials," 6 Feb. 2018 But these accounts were not included in the police search warrant or arrest affidavit because, officers said, the witnesses did not share these details with police. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Amber Guyger has been indicted for murder after the Botham Jean shooting," 30 Nov. 2018 Days later, officers returned with a search warrant and cadaver dogs, and made the gruesome discovery. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Headless torso discovered in home fish tank confirmed as missing California bartender," 28 Sep. 2018 Those records were obtained through search warrants, partially released this week, that detail the extent to which the former lobbyist and Trump campaign chairman found himself in debt and dependent on money from pro-Russian interests. Rachel Weiner,, "Paul Manafort fights use of financial records at trial," 29 June 2018 Since the shooting, four search warrants have been executed by the Burleson Police Department. Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram, "Police are now saying that a road rage slaying in Burleson may have been over drugs," 16 June 2018 Although a new Superior Court case number has been issued, there is nothing in the docket about current charges, if in fact they have been imposed, and a related search warrant is sealed. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Man arrested in Wisconsin in 2004 overdose death of 5-year-old son," 15 June 2018 The search warrants were filed under seal, Hayes said, to protect the integrity of the investigation. Richard Winton,, "LAPD raids home of ex-USC gynecologist accused of sexually mistreating patients," 15 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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