NY: Denial of ownership of a key fob found under def at his arrest is abandonment of the car

Defendant could be detained during the search of his house under a warrant. When he got up off the floor, there was a key fob underneath him, and he denied it was his. The officers used the panic button to locate the car and searched it. Denial of ownership was abandonment. People v. Hollingsworth, 2021 NY Slip Op 00925, 2021 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 981 (4th Dept. Feb. 11, 2021).

The officer at the suppression hearing conceded that the decision to seek a search warrant was based on findings of his allegedly illegal entry. The trial court found that striking the offending information from the affidavit still left probable cause. Vacated and remanded for further development of the record. Commonwealth v. Pearson, 2021 Mass. LEXIS 94 (Feb. 12, 2021).*

Defendant failed to plead a privacy interest in the vehicle, so he has no standing. United States v. Jackson, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27039 (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 12, 2021).*

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