M.D.Ala.: The validity of the appointment of a special judge for 180 days does not matter under the good faith exception

A specially appointed circuit judge for 180 days signed a search warrant during his tenure. The legality of the appointment doesn’t matter because the good faith exception applies to execution of the warrant. United States v. Broaden, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71951 (M.D. Ala. Mar. 18, 2024).

Defendant “argued to the suppression court that this case did not belong in the category of factual scenarios in which a warrantless, information-seeking stop is permissible even absent reasonable articulable suspicion of wrongdoing or a safety threat. … Having concluded that the officer did have reasonable articulable suspicion justifying the stop, the court explained that there was no reason to address whether the stop could have been permissible even absent that suspicion. Raising that argument did nothing to alert the State or the court of the existence of the issue the Ouellette raises now: that the seizure occurred within the curtilage of Ouellette’s home and was therefore unconstitutional based on the special privacy protections afforded to the home and its curtilage.” This argument is unpreserved, and, on the merits, not developed. There was reasonable suspicion for defendant’s stop. State v. Ouellette, 2024 ME 29 (Apr. 18, 2024).*

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