We filed suit yet again against the West Virginia State Police for what appears to be another pattern and practice of unconstitutional conduct. The WVSP is tasked by statute with “verifying” sex offender registry addresses. As we allege, the only time this particular client was ever “verified” was when they were seeking to search for unrelated evidence without the bother of swearing under oath to a magistrate or judge that probable cause exists for a search warrant.
In other words, do registered sex offenders who are not on parole, probation, or supervised release, have any Fourth Amendment rights not to have their home searched at the will of the WVSP with no warrant? I don’t think so.