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Criminal Law: Inventory Search-Plain View Doctrine

Staff Report//July 2, 2019//

Criminal Law: Inventory Search-Plain View Doctrine

Staff Report//July 2, 2019//

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Where a defendant moved to suppress evidence found during an inventory search, arguing that the officers should have deferred to his arrangement to have his wrecked vehicle towed by a private company rather than impounding it, the judgment is affirmed because the defendant did not cite legal authority for his proposition that the officers should have deferred to his decision, and because the officers followed department policy, and a subsequent plain view search was justified by an officer’s observation of cocaine in plain view.

Judgment is affirmed.

U.S. v. Dunn ((MLW No. 73433/Case No. 18-2393 – 8 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Shepherd, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Nelson, J. (Robert M. Paule, Minneapolis, MN argued for appellant) (Thomas Calhoun Lopez, Minneapolis, MN argued for appellee).

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