CA6: Plastic bag on car console wasn’t obviously “dope” to justify automobile exception

The government argued that the search of defendant’s car was justified by the automobile exception because contraband was in plain view. The court disagrees. There was a plastic bag on the console, and the photographic evidence from inside the car presented by the government doesn’t support what was visible from outside the car. The officer may have had a strong suspicion, but he didn’t have probable cause. United States v. Loines, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 319 (6th Cir. Jan. 6, 2023).

Prison inmate did not state a Fourth Amendment claim that he was dosed with artificial intelligence in prison. Strader v. Schnurr, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204493 (D. Kan. Nov. 9, 2022).*

Defendant’s Franks claim fails both the reckless misstatement element and materiality to the finding of probable cause. United States v. Allen, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 243 (6th Cir. Jan. 4, 2023).*

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