N.D.W.Va.: Officers’ knowledge of def’s violent past justified patdown during stop

Officer’s prior knowledge of defendant’s violent past and criminal history, with reasonable suspicion, justified his patdown. United States v. South, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35208 (N.D. W.Va. Mar. 2, 2020).*

Officers had a search warrant for the car defendant was riding in, and it was, of course, reasonable to order him out of the car. Baggies of marijuana fell from his person when he got out. The court notes that, by using a warrant for the car, the state shifted the burden to the defense to challenge the search. Eusebio v. State, 2020 Md. LEXIS 67 (Mar. 2, 2020).* (This citation may change; citation indicates wrong court.)

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