FL1: Sheriff’s Office failed to show TV and PlayStation were lawfully seized during drug search

The Bay County SO executed a drug search warrant at claimant’s father’s house and seized a flat screen TV and PlayStation. Claimant sought return, and the state claimed it was lawfully taken and became county property by operation of law. The SO failed to prove it was “lawfully seized” under Florida law in the first place. Remanded. Shirah v. State, 2021 Fla. App. LEXIS 3563 (Fla. 1st DCA Mar. 11, 2021). (See Techdirt: Forfeiture In Theory: TAKING DOWN DRUG LORDS! Forfeiture In Practice: Taking A Guy’s TV And PlayStation During A Drug Raid by Tim Cushing)

Illinois doesn’t prescribe the distance between vehicles moving on the highway except what is reasonable and prudent. The trial court found that the officer’s determination wasn’t reasonable and suppressed, and it’s affirmed. He said it was 18’ but the court apparently didn’t believe it. People v. Haddad, 2021 IL App (3d) 180545, 2021 Ill. App. LEXIS 94 (Mar. 10, 2021).*

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