Saturday, April 03, 2004

Fourth Circuit overturns suppression of trailer with load of marijuana

In U.S. v. Singh, the Fourth Circuit in an opinion by Judge King joined by Judge Williams and Judge Traxler reversed the district court, concluding that North Carolina law enforcement officials had probable cause to seize a tractor trailer containing a quantity of marijuana.

The appeals court opinion makes it appear that the District Court judge took a strangely restrictive view of the evidence justifying the actions of the police. The District Court judge was Judge James A. Beaty, Jr., of Durham.

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