W.D.Wash.: Exclusionary rule wouldn’t apply to USCG’s obtaining medical records of merchant mariners (dicta)

Plaintiff sued the Coast Guard because it subpoenaed his medical records for the merchant marine, something completely within its statutory and regulatory authority. The Coast Guard 40 years ago determined that the exclusionary rule wouldn’t be applied to medical records requests. And, only the party from whom the records are requested can move to quash. Plaintiff’s request for appointment of counsel is denied. Edenstrom v. U.S. Coast Guard, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17740 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 2, 2018).

Officers approaching a group on an anonymous tip had no reasonable suspicion as they approached, but the suspicious actions of one gave reasonable suspicion as to him. Based on the officer’s actions, the defendant wouldn’t feel free to leave. Defendant was told to stand up, and he did, but he resisted being handcuffed, and a gun slid down his pantleg and then he fled. There was reasonable suspicion as to defendant before he fled. Cole v. State, 2018 Miss. LEXIS 54 (Feb. 1, 2018).*

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