OH12: Fact LEO broke traffic laws to catch speeder isn’t a 4A reasonableness defense

The fact a police officer arguably broke traffic laws to effect a stop of a fleeing motorist isn’t a defense to a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment or the state constitution. State v. Johnson, 2023-Ohio-1320, 2023 Ohio App. LEXIS 1301 (12th Dist. Apr. 24, 2023).

“Last, though Nwaorie’s Statement of Facts in her brief recounts two occasions in which her property was ruined as a result of CBP inspections, she does not contend that this damage to her belongings infringed her liberty interests. Nwaorie has therefore not adequately pleaded that the Government violated her Fourth Amendment rights.” Nwaorie v. United States, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 9652 (5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2023).*

Defendant’s stop was valid for a traffic offense and overtinted windows. Defendant first denied having a gun on him but shortly admitted he did. That was justification for a state arrest for mishandling a firearm (if you’re carrying, say so). United States v. Bohannon, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70407 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 21, 2023).*

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