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Missouri’s ‘purse exception’ makes a comeback

The Missouri Supreme Court on Sept. 3 rediscovered Missouri’s so-called “purse exception” hidden, as it were, inside a pack of cigarettes. In a fractured opinion in 2016, the court held that police officers could not conduct warrantless searches of items carried by criminal defendants who are already in custody. The ruling, State v. Carrawell, threw out ...

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