CA8: While the stated reason for the stop was maybe legally erroneous, there was a valid unstated alternative basis

Officers stated an improper lane change as their basis for a stop, but it might not have been illegal under Nebraska law. However, they already had reason to believe the registration on the vehicle was lapsed, and that’s a proper basis for the stop no matter what they said. The passenger refused to identify himself, so a fingerprint reader and a drug dog were called for. Affirmed. United States v. Hanel, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 9627 (8th Cir. Apr. 2, 2021).

There was ample probable cause for the search warrant here, and, in any event, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Cawthorn, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64461 (D. Md. Apr. 1, 2021).*

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