GA & Guam: Not getting a timely ruling on motion to suppress is waiver

Defendant didn’t get a ruling on his motion to suppress before trial. At trial, he didn’t object to one item being admitted but did to another, but not on Fourth Amendment grounds. Defendant waived his Fourth Amendment claim by not getting a ruling and not objecting timely. Smith v. State, 2017 Ga. LEXIS 968 (Dec. 11, 2017).

Raising a Fourth Amendment claim only at oral argument is waiver. An ineffective assistance of counsel claim on the Fourth Amendment is similarly waived. People v. Roberson, 2017 Guam 18, 2017 Guam LEXIS 16 (Dec. 7, 2017).

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