D.S.C.: Speeding stop justified even if dashcam video is inconclusive

The stop was justified: “In this case, although the dash cam footage is inconclusive of Officer Dudley’s visual estimate of speed, no evidence was put forth that cast doubt on Officer Dudley’s ability to estimate speed. Further, additional indicia of reliability are unnecessary, considering the significant speed differential between Officer Dudley’s estimate and the legal speed limit. Thus, the Court finds the stop was justified at inception, so the evidence cannot be suppressed.” United States v. Jackson, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31352 (D.S.C. Feb. 23, 2024).*

There was probable cause for arrest of the passenger defendant when drugs were found in the car. Ultimately, there was sufficient evidence to convict. United States v. Orosco, No. 22-3608, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 4406 (6th Cir. Feb. 26, 2024).*

A jail video call had defendant showing his friend in jail his marijuana plants and discussing how to grow better ones. That was probable cause for a search warrant for defendant’s home. People v. Heibenthal, 2024 IL App (4th) 221109 (Feb. 26, 2024).* [“This call is recorded.” Did they think video calls are not video recorded?]

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