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Court amends decision in dispute over chalking tires

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Daniel Hohlfeld
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A federal court has clarified its decision in a dispute over marking tires, a method that many cities use to keep track of cars and write parking tickets.

The appeals court says marking tires qualifies as a search of property under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment. But the court says it doesn't mean that Saginaw is conducting an illegal search - at least not yet.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is sending the case back to a judge in Michigan. The April 22 opinion was amended on April 25.

The appeals court says litigation between Alison Taylor, who got more than a dozen tickets, and Saginaw still is in early stages. Based on the record so far, the court says two key exceptions to getting a search warrant still don't apply.

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