The Supreme Court this morning added just one new case to their merits docket for next term: Kansas v. Glover, in which the court agreed to decide whether, for purposes of an investigative stop under the Fourth Amendment, it is reasonable for a police officer to suspect that the registered owner of a car is in fact the person driving the car.
The case granted today arose when a Kansas sheriff's deputy checked the registration on a pick-up truck and learned that the truck was registered to Charles Glover, Jr. – whose driver's license had been revoked. Based only on that information, the deputy decided to pull the truck over to investigate whether the driver had a valid driver's license. Glover was indeed the driver and was charged with driving without a license, but he argued that the evidence from the stop should not be admitted against him because the deputy lacked the reasonable suspicion required by the Supreme Court's Fourth Amendment cases.
The state countered that the deputy did have reasonable suspicion because he knew that the car's owner did not have a valid driver's license, and he could infer that the owner of the car would be the person driving it. But the Kansas Supreme Court disagreed, prompting the state to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed today to take up the case.