D.Me.: Three alternative bases to uphold search

“The Court discerns [and finds] three alternative bases for determining that the December 20 interaction was lawful: either (1) the interaction with Defendant constituted a consensual encounter until Defendant admitted to possessing marijuana; (2) the officers executed a lawful Terry stop from the outset based on their reasonable suspicion of criminal activity; or (3) a consensual encounter developed into a lawful Terry stop.” United States v. James, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72858 (D. Me. May 1, 2018).* [Sounds like actually two.]

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