N.D.Ala.: Whether DTF officer could make speeding stops was a reasonable mistake of law under Heien

The task force officer involved allegedly wasn’t authorized to make speeding traffic stops, but this was a reasonable mistake of law under Heien. United States v. Shepherd, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181976 (N.D. Ala. Oct. 10, 2023).

The bulge in defendant’s pants was clearly a gun. The minor discrepancies in the testimony of the two officers doesn’t undermine the district court’s credibility determination. The discrepancies were over something rapidly evolving over a minute. United States v. Goss, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 26848 (11th Cir. Oct. 10, 2023).*

Defendant was the subject of a state search warrant, and it didn’t have to comply with Rule 41 even with DEA task force officers involved. Oklahoma law authorized state court judges to issue tracking warrants on defendant’s vehicle. United States v. Ramirez-Flores, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181716 (N.D. Okla. Oct. 10, 2023).*

Despite a minor discrepancy in shirt color, defendant was the only person around at the time of the tip about the crime, and he matched the description. United States v. Delima, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181893 (D. Vt. Oct. 10, 2023).*

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