WA: Merely holding on to DL doesn’t make stop a detention; “context matters”

“Officer Ayers’s language would have assured a reasonable person that the officer was not making a show of authority: the officer assured Mr. Taylor he was not a suspect, but wanted to ‘get [his] name just so we have that in case we need to contact you again at some point in time.’ Ex. D1 at 00:51-1:00. Context matters. Here, a reasonable person in Mr. Taylor’s position would not feel he was being detained. See Harrington, 167 Wn.2d at 663 (The relevant question is whether a reasonable person in the defendant’s position would feel they were being detained.).” State v. Taylor, 2024 Wash. App. LEXIS 107 (Jan. 23, 2024).

The description of the garage in this warrant was “attached,” but it only shared a bit of roof line. The warrant was particular and left nothing to chance. In addition, defendant doesn’t have standing in the garage. United States v. Leandry-Ocasio, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10548 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 22, 2024).*

A discrepancy in the affidavit for warrant as to when the search occurred, suggesting that the search occurred before the warrant issued probably could have not been pursued by defense counsel as a matter of strategy. Moreover, it was waived by the plea. United States v. Jones, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10728 (E.D. Ky. Jan. 22, 2024).*

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