ND: Driver couldn’t consent to search of passenger’s backpack

The driver of a car could not consent to search of a backpack that by all accounts belonged to the passenger. It was where he sat, and the driver said it wasn’t hers. Inside was men’s clothes and stuff. State v. Gietzen, 2024 ND 5, 2024 N.D. LEXIS 4 (Jan. 10, 2024).

The district court overruled the lower court’s suppression order on “judicial notice” of the defendant’s demeanor in another court, something that judge never saw. Entry without exigency. Reversed. Larsen v. State, 2024 WY 4 (Jan. 11, 2024).*

2254 petitioner admitted he got his “full and fair opportunity” to litigate his Fourth Amendment claim. Denied, and no CoA was granted. Thomas v. Langford, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 739 (10th Cir. Jan. 11, 2024).*

The parties briefed reasonable suspicion. The court finds probable cause. United States v. Garcia, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5734 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 11, 2024).*

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