Cases

United States v. Leon 8thCIR 24May2019

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A trucker is illegally parked on the entrance ramp to a highway in Arkansas.  Thinking the trucker has a problem, Arkansas State Police officer Corporal Craig stops and does a welfare check. The driver (Leon) told the officer he was not having an emergency and pulled over to call his dispatch. At that time however, […]

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United States v. Tello 5thCIR 21May2019

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The defendant in this case argued that Border Patrol Agents impermissibly extended an immigration checkpoint stop beyond its limited immigration purpose to conduct a K9 sniff. He argued the consent he gave to search his vehicle came only after he was asked impermissible questions unrelated to the search and therefore the consent was tainted.  As […]

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Shumpert v. City of Toledo 5thCIR 24 SEP2018

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It was a warm, muggy summer night in Tupelo, Mississippi, when Officer Senter saw a car he believed was involved in narcotics activities. The officer pulled the car over when he noticed the car had a non-functional tag light and failed to indicate at a turn.  Once stopped, the driver of the car (Shumpert) fled on […]

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United States v Stewart 7thCIR 5SEP2018

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The defendant was identified as a suspect in a drug trafficking operation after months of surveillance including information by confidential informants.  As result of this suspicion, they put the defendant under surveillance. The defendant got in his vehicle, drove to a gas station where another individual got in the car and left a few minutes […]

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U.S. v. Lewis 7thCIR April 3, 2019

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In this case a traffic stop for following too closely leads to a call for a K9 and a K9 alert leads to a search under the Automobile Exception. The search leads to the discovery of heroin and the driver (Lewis) is arrested for possession with intent to distribute.  Lewis argued that the traffic stop […]