Probable Cause and Reasonable suspicion?

Tue Oct 3 13:57:25 PDT 2000

>From the horses' mouth, or the other end:

We have held that "probable cause" means "a fair probability thqt contraband or evidence of a crime will be found." "Reasonable suspicion" is a less demanding standard . . . . Alabama v. White, 496 U.S. 325, 329 (1990)(opinion of White, J.).

Reasonable suspicion is such suspicion asa reasonable person would have, not a hunch, having an articulable basis. Id.


In a message dated Tue, 3 Oct 2000 11:10:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "Leung, H Curtiss [IT]" <h.curtiss.leung at> writes:

<< Justin, Charles, et al.:

For the non-lawyers here, just what is the difference between probable cause and reasonable suspicion? -- Curtiss


>>> JKSCHW at 10/01/00 12:14AM >>>

Not wholly mythical. We do, in between, "Eat with a fork." "Keep your food on your plate." Etc. Course my 11 year old is now reading Lazarus and the Hurricane, and knows the difference bewteen probable cause and reasonable suspicion better than many cops. --jks


CB: By the way, since probable cause is the constitutional standard, how is it that reasonable suspicion passes constitutional muster ?


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