Monday, March 27, 2006

USA v. Dewayne A. Green No.053073P.pdf 03/27/06 District of Nebraska Defendant challenged search that resulted in police finding crack cocaine under passenger seat the defendant was in. The driver although pulled over without Terry reasonable suspicion consented to search of the vehicle. The Eighth Circuit finds that the driver's consent to search applied to the area under the defendant's passenger seat as he had no legitimate expectation of privacy there. argument is flawed, because the discovery of the crack cocaine under his seat resulted from Folino’s independent consent to search the vehicle, not from Green’s unlawful detention.Because Green did not have a legitimate expectation of privacy in the area under the seat of that car, see Rakas v. Illinois, 439 U.S. 128, 148-49 (1978), Folino’s consent was sufficient to purge the taint of any alleged Fourth Amendment violation. The district court did not err in denying Green’s motion to suppress.

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