The Georgia Defender, p. 1 (July 1996).


No knock search warrants are issued frequently in Georgia nowadays, and such warrants have "simply become customary in ... drug cases." Adams v. State, 201 Ga. App. 12, 410 S. E. 2d 139, 141 (1991). But is the legality of such warrants firmly established in Georgia? In my opinion, the legal authority for these warrants is shaky, and I believe the Georgia Supreme Court, which has never passed on the validity of the warrants, can be persuaded to hold that no knock warrants are illegal. Alternatively, I think the Georgia Court of Appeals can be persuaded to overrule its inadequately reasoned, unpersuasive precedents upholding no knock warrants.