Opinions Relating to Orders - 2020

Sanders v. United States

The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for further consideration in light of Caniglia v. Strom, 593 U. S. _ (2021). JUSTICE KAVANAUGH, concurring in the decision to grant, vacate, and remand. In this Fourth Amendment case, the Eighth Circuit relied on the “community caretaking” doctrine to uphold the warrantless entry into a home. This Court’s recent decision in Caniglia v. Strom, ante, p. _, rejected that doctrine as applied to homes. I therefore concur in the Court’s decision to grant, vacate, and remand to the Eighth Circuit in light of Caniglia. As I will explain, however, the Eighth Circuit on remand may still consider whether to uphold the entry under this Court’s longstanding precedents allowing officers to enter a home without a warrant when officers reasonably believe that an occupant is threatened with serious injury. See, e.g., Caniglia, ante, at 1 (ROBERTS, C. J., concurring); Brigham City v. Stuart, 547 U. S. 398 (2006).