S.D.Ill.: The delay in the stop was def’s own stalling

The stop was prolonged but it was defendant’s own stalling, so Rodriguez wasn’t violated. “The fact that Thompson and Dwyer did not issue any ticket for the window tinting or the obstructed brake lights is not relevant to the question of whether they had reasonable suspicion to believe those violations occurred.” United States v. Davis, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186250 (S.D. Ill. Oct. 28, 2019).*

A search warrant was issued for defendant’s house for evidence of materials for arson. While there was no direct link to defendant and his committing arson, there was circumstantial evidence of his motive, and that’s affidavit’s focus. It was close questions, but a “totality-of-the-circumstances analysis supported the issuance of the warrant.” Alternatively, the good faith exception was satisfied. People v. Khan, 2019 Cal. App. LEXIS 1053 (6th Dist. Oct. 28, 2019).*

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