By Megan Marlatt
The Tenth Circuit in United States v. Poe held that bounty hunters did not constitute state actors under the Fourth Amendment because they did not search the defendant’s residence with law enforcement’s knowledge, and they did not search the premises with the intention of helping law enforcement. No. 07-6337 (10th Cir. 2009). While apprehending the defendant who had skipped bail, five bounty hunters, in Poe, noticed methamphetamine paraphernalia and a gun in the defendant’s evidence which was later presented as evidence in the defendant’s trial.