NY: Stop for center brake light being out was reasonable basis under statute

The trial court’s grant of the motion to suppress was error. The officer’s reading of the functioning brake light statute was reasonable that the center light being out was cause for a stop. People v. Pena, 2020 NY Slip Op 06836, 2020 N.Y. LEXIS 2550 (Nov. 19, 2020). NYLJ: NY’s High Court Judges, at Odds Over Traffic Stops Due to Faulty Brake Lights, Issue Split Decision by Ryan Tarinelli (“New York’s highest court handed down a split decision Thursday as several judges were at odds over whether a police officer can make a vehicle stop due to a faulty center brake light.”)

Use of a rubber hammer during a prison search (1) violated no reasonable expectation of privacy and (2) there’s no freedom from a jail search. Johnson v. Woodruff, 2020 NY Slip Op 06829, 2020 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 7044 (3d Dept. Nov. 19, 2020).*

Defendant’s stop lacked reasonable suspicion because the officer couldn’t articulate he was doing anything wrong. People v. Gallagher, 2020 IL App (1st) 150354, 2020 Ill. App. LEXIS 777 (Nov. 18, 2020).*

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