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Criminal Law : Warrantless Arrest – Probable Cause – Sex Trafficking

Where a defendant in a sex trafficking case argued that probable cause did not exist to support his warrantless arrest, observations from hotel staff about unusual activity in a room combined with information from online prostitution ads provided probable cause for the arrest, and the district court properly found that the circumstances did not show vindictive prosecution, so the judgment is affirmed.

Judgment is affirmed.

U.S. v. Chappell (MLW No. 67547/Case No. 13-1748 – 16 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Riley, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Ericksen, J. (Gary R. Wolf, Minneapolis, argued for appellant) (Lisa D. Kirkpatrick, St Paul, Minnesota, argued for appellee).

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