Defendant claimed to be staying in a vacant apartment with the permission of a friend (who was not the landlord). There was probable cause to arrest him for theft of services (not to mention trespass). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging “electronic data” in the search warrant as not including photos on his phone. Westbrook v. State, 2020 Ga. LEXIS 135 (Feb. 28, 2020).
The trial court rejected the state’s argument that the stop of defendant’s car was justified by a taillight violation, but it never considered the state’s backup argument of a seatbelt violation. Remanded for that. State v. Sherrill, 2020 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 150 (Feb. 27, 2020).*