My understanding…in order to obtain a search warrant for a person’s house the police must do to things, they must show “probable cause” that they will find “something” and they must specify what they are looking for, at least to a reasonable degree. In other words, say they suspect me of child porn, they can say they are searching for any images, films, statuettes etc. but don’t have to specify a particular film etc.
Now, suppose they enter my house with their search warrant and, for the sake of argument, they find absolutely no evidence of child porn, but they do happen to notice a couple of murdered bodies under the bed.
On the one hand I can not believe that they would be helpless to act on that observation just because dead bodies weren’t listed on the warrant. On the other hand, if they can act on the bodies, then what was the point of requiring them to specify what materials they were searching for in the first place?
I’m putting this here instead of GD because I really want to know the legal situation as it exists rather than what people think “should” exist.