TN: Issue of issuing magistrate’s jurisdiction moot by automobile exception

Defendant’s dispute over whether the judge issuing the search warrant had jurisdiction over the vehicle from which DNA was taken because it was located in a different county is moot. The officers had probable cause in investigating a bloody homicide, and the automobile exception applied. State v. Whitaker, 2020 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 397 (June 9, 2020).

The motion to suppress was properly denied. “The affidavit here offered more than a substantial basis for the magistrate judge to find a fair probability that contraband would be found in Thomas’s house.” United States v. Thomas, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 18219 (3d Cir. June 10, 2020).*

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