Friday, May 16, 2003

Judge Jones applies "doctrine of collective knowledge" for consent to search

In U.S. v. Hagerman, posted online today, Judge Jones denied the defendant's motion to suppress the evidence of the firearms found in his home, after he was arrested because of the ten-foot tall marijuana plants in his yard. As part of the Court's ruling, the judge held that one law enforcement's officer's knowledge of a valid consent to search the property was enough to validate the search by another officer, who may or may not have known that there was consent.

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