NY3: Visitor at a party had no REP

Defendant was invited to a party at a vacant building loaned to a friend for purposes of the party. He wasn’t staying past the end of the party. He had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the place searched. People v. Scharborough, 2020 NY Slip Op 08124, 2020 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8319 (3d Dept. Dec. 31, 2020).

“[A]n officer approaching a parked car and questioning the driver more closely resembles an officer approaching a pedestrian on the sidewalk.” The contact was consensual and not a traffic stop. A gun was seen in plain view, and that justified a vehicle search. United States v. Butler, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 245053 (E.D. Va. Dec. 30, 2020).*

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