MA: Crack pipe seen in plain view of passenger compartment justifies search of whole car

“The question presented by this appeal is whether a State trooper’s plain view observation of a used crack pipe in a motor vehicle provides probable cause for a warrantless search of the entire vehicle for contraband drugs. Concluding that it does, we reverse the order of the Superior Court judge suppressing evidence of drugs found in a vehicle in which the defendant was traveling as a back seat passenger.” Commonwealth v. Torres, 2023 Mass. App. LEXIS 37 (Mar. 6, 2023).*

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in what a police officer does on the street. Videos they record can be released by the D.C. government. FOP Metro. Police Dep’t Labor Comm. v. District of Columbia, 2023 D.C. App. LEXIS 59 (Mar. 2, 2023).

In an otherwise consensual encounter, defendant’s admission he was armed with a knife justified a patdown for it. United States v. Dazen, 2023 Dist. LEXIS 35926 (D. Ariz. Mar. 3, 2023).*

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