Category Archives: Plain view, feel, smell

D.N.J.: Suggestion def look in console for insurance papers revealing a gun in plain view wasn’t a search

During defendant’s stop, he couldn’t find his insurance papers. Defendant rummaged through papers here and there. The officer suggested defendant look in the center console again, and this time the officer saw a gun. The suggestion he look in the … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Knotted plastic bag of drugs in waistband was in plain view

Defendant was stopped for a traffic offense, and his tinted windows were way too dark and the officer couldn’t see inside. Defendant was told to lower the window, and he did. The officer could immediately see a knotted plastic bag … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Reaching in def’s car to turn it off wasn’t a search, and plain view of a gun proper

Defendant’s stop was reasonable because the LPN didn’t match the vehicle. His reaching in the car to turn off the ignition was not a search. “As Officer Jenkins was backing out of the vehicle, she looked down and saw what … Continue reading

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DE: Baggie of drugs hanging from pocket during valid traffic stop was in plain view

Defendant’s furtive movement in the truck when he was stopped was justification for ordering him out of it. The baggie of drugs hanging out of his pocket was then in plain view. Backus v. State, 2019 Del. LEXIS 32 (Jan. … Continue reading

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SC: Police officer’s accidently seeing child porn on def’s computer screen was plain view that led to SW

Defendant’s computer was being worked on by a computer technician in defendant’s home. A police officer came by on personal business to leave something. When in the house, he saw something scroll by on the screen, and he asked the … Continue reading

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W.D.Tenn.: Seizure of clothing from hospital room floor was justified by plain view

Seizure of defendant’s clothing from a hospital room floor was justified by the plain view doctrine. United States v. Clancy, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8471 (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 17, 2019), adopting, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 219585 (W.D. Tenn. Dec. 19, … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Clothing as evidence in plain view can be seized whether from a suspect or victim

Defendant’s clothing was properly seized under the plain view doctrine whether he was a suspect or a victim. Defendant also didn’t have standing in the car involved because it wasn’t his. United States v. Hood, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5357 … Continue reading

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NE: Smell of MJ from a car is PC to search it

Defendant’s driving alleged nearly caused an accident with a state trooper and another car, so he stopped it. The smell of marijuana was coming from the car, and that was probable cause for a search of the car. State v. … Continue reading

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IA: Def answered door in underwear with apparent semen stains; police there with SW for sex abuse with minors

Defendant was under investigation for sexual abuse of minors. “[T]he police went to Heggebo’s house to execute a search warrant. Heggebo answered the door wearing only shorts. The police seized Heggebo’s shorts because the shorts had apparent semen stains on … Continue reading

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IL: Fatal accident alone not PC for blood draw; no exigency argued either

Just because defendant was involved in a fatal accident where his passenger died, there wasn’t probable cause for a blood draw. The state did not argue exigent circumstances below or on appeal, but that would also require probable cause. People … Continue reading

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IA: Stolen tractor tires were visible from the curtilage and entry permitted

Defendant was suspected of possession of stolen property. Police came to his rural property to talk to him where he was self-employed working on tractors in back. He had a circular driveway. From the driveway they could see the outbuildings … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Dropping gun just before arrest treated as abandonment [?]

A firearm that fell from defendant’s pants as he was being arrested and getting out of a car was treated as abandoned. United States v. Franklin, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197783 (W.D. Mo. Nov. 20, 2018). I have to disagree … Continue reading

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