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put out a warrant (on someone)

 and send out a warrant (on someone)
to issue a warrant for the arrest of someone. The police put out a warrant on Max. We sent out a warrant on Lefty "Fingers" Moran at the same time.
See also: out, put, warrant

sign one's own death warrant

Fig. to do something (knowingly) that will most likely result in severe trouble. (As if one were ordering one's own execution.) I wouldn't ever gamble a large sum of money. That would be signing my own death warrant. The killer signed his own death warrant when he walked into the police station and gave himself up.
See also: death, sign, warrant

sign your own death warrant

to do something which will stop you from being successful
Usage notes: A death warrant is an official document which orders someone to be killed as a punishment.
The company signed its own death warrant by choosing to remain independent rather than going into partnership.
See sign the pledge
See also: death, sign, warrant

sign one's own death warrant

Bring about one's own downfall, do oneself irreparable harm, as in In taking his secretary to a risqué nightclub, the parish priest was signing his own death warrant . This expression may refer to acts that ensure someone's later murder, as when, in 1921, the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins signed the peace treaty he had negotiated with England and said, "I tell you, I have signed my death warrant." Thirteen months later Collins was assassinated by political opponents. The expression is also used hyperbolically, however, for severe repercussions or punishments. [First half of 1900s] Also see shoot oneself in the foot.
See also: death, sign, warrant
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42) Searches authorized by warrants are therefore more likely to uncover evidence of crime than warrantless searches.
13) These decisions provide significant clarification of the legal basis upon which officers rendering emergency aid to others can make warrantless entries into homes and other areas protected by the Fourth Amendment.
Only then will we have an opportunity to determine how many Americans' communications were seized under the President's unauthorized warrantless wiretapping and the unconstitutional wiretapping allowed by the PAA.
Speaking of 'grave' danger, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently claimed that critics of the warrantless wiretapping program had an idea of freedom that was "divorced from civic responsibility--is superficial and is itself a grave threat to the liberty and security of the American people.
Applying the emergency-aid doctrine, the state supreme court concluded that the injury the police witnessed was not sufficiently serious to justify warrantless entry into the home.
Professors and students can get caught up in the net of warrantless intercepts of phone and e-mail communications, and this could compromise confidential interviews they may be conducting on sensitive matters," notes Larry Diamond, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
The appeals court affirmed, finding that the parolee's parole agreement was still in effect after he had been placed under arrest, so the warrantless search of his residence did not violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration to justify warrantless inspections of all businesses it regulated.
6) The Miles and Reynard courts agreed that the blood-sample extractions mandated by the Act are warrantless searches lacking probable cause, and therefore would be constitutional only if they fell under the "special needs" exception to the warrant requirement.
THE KEYS TO THE CASTLE: A NEW STANDARD FOR WARRANTLESS HOME SEARCHES IN United States v.
Constitutionality of a warrantless diesel fuel inspection (INFO 2000-0005).
White, the United States Supreme Court held that the warrantless seizure of an automobile did not violate the Fourth Amendment where that automobile, which had been used in the commission of a drug offense two months before the seizure, was defined as seizable contraband under Florida state law.
10) The Supreme Court of New Mexico granted certiorari for two reasons: to determine, first, how an unreasonable search and seizure claim under the New Mexico Constitution is preserved for appellate review, and, second, when the state can conduct a warrantless search of an automobile.
This case presents a question of whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits warrantless arrests for offenses that are punishable only by fines.