W.D.N.C.: Smell of alcohol alone doesn’t permit search for open container

The smell of alcohol alone wasn’t justification for a search of defendant’s car for an open container. United States v. Gibson, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70389 (W.D.N.C. Apr. 17, 2024).

Petitioner’s claim defense counsel was ineffective for not seeking the CI’s identity wasn’t a ground for relief where there was probable cause no matter what. Aza v. United States, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70046 (N.D. Ala. Apr. 16, 2024).*

The officer did not unnecessarily prolong the nighttime stop by getting defendant out of the car and patting him down before putting him in the police car for safety reasons. State v. Dunbar, 2024-Ohio-1460 (4th Dist. Apr. 10, 2024).*

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