GA: Passenger’s small quantity of MJ in purse isn’t PC for car

A small amount of marijuana in defendant’s passenger’s purse wasn’t probable cause to search the entire car. Lowe v. State, 2019 Ga. App. LEXIS 588 (Oct. 23, 2019).

A combat veteran with perceived grievances against the police and a prior felony conviction made Facebook posts that strongly suggested he would confront the police with weapons and that he had weapons. The Facebook post included a picture indoors of what was apparently a residence. Based on that, they got a search warrant for his house and found guns. “While the Court is mindful that a person’s residence is a place of sanctity under Fourth Amendment jurisprudence—because people have an unparalleled expectation of privacy in their homes, Payton v. New York, …—Corporal Salyer’s assertions, in their totality and from a common-sense perspective, establish probable cause for the search of Mr. Dunford’s residence and vehicle.” United States v. Dunford, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183132 (E.D. Tenn. Oct. 23, 2019).*

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