D.Minn.: Hidden compartment could be searched under automobile exception

Under the automobile exception, a search of a compartment underneath the dashboard paneling was reasonable. United States v. Payton, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57065 (D. Minn. Mar. 29, 2024).*

The search issues on appeal weren’t the issues in the trial court, so they’re waived. To the extent they can be reviewed at all, defendant still loses. People v. Ayala, 2024 NY Slip Op 01768 (1st Dept. Mar. 28, 2024).*

“Here, there is no reason for this Court to disregard the discretion exercised by the [trial] Court in its determination of credibility. The description of the events and the parties in the warrant application and of the actual search, and the consistency of the witness’s testimony at the Darden hearing, establish the identity of the confidential informant (see People v Lambey, 197 AD3d 728).” People v. Huginnie, 2024 NY Slip Op 01726 (2d Dept. Mar. 27, 2024).*

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