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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, May 12, 2014:
Two Supreme Court decisions this month have sparked debate. One came down from the U.S. Supreme Court while the other was made by Pennsylvania's highest court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling allows police officers to search vehicles without a warrant. Police would only have to have "probable cause" to search a vehicle.
The American Civil Liberties Union and defense attorneys criticized the decisions and said it would erode Pennsylvanians' rights.
Supporters say the ruling brought Pennsylvania into line with the less stringent federal law for searches.
Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed
Appearing on Monday's program are Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed, the president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and Sara Rose, a staff attorney for the ACLU.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling that permits prayer at public meetings, even if the prayers favor one religion over another. In a 5-4 decision, the Court cited history and tradition and said the practice does not violate the constitutional ban on government establishment of religion.
The ACLU's Rose will address that ruling as well. So will attorney Barbara Weller representing the National Center for Life and Liberty, that has been arguing a case involving the Carroll County, Maryland Commissioners, who have opened their meetings with Christian prayers for the years. Carroll County is located just south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
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