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Florida court questions canine competence

Updated: April 28, 2005, 7:35 PM ET
By Michael Peltier | Reuters — Jan. 17, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court questioned a drug-sniffing dog's track record in a hearing to determine how competent a canine must be to justify a police search.

An attorney for a convicted drug offender urged the state's highest court to uphold an appellate ruling that a Hillsborough County deputy in 2000 improperly searched Gary Alan Matheson's car after a positive "hit" by Razor, a drug-detecting dog with a questionable professional pedigree.

During the search, ...

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