An interesting Fourth Amendment case

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By David Hardy

The Supreme Court today handed down Heien v. North Carolina. An officer stopped a car that had a brake light burned out, and in the course of the stop discovered cocaine. It turns out that the North Carolina traffic statutes say that a vehicle must have a working stop “lamp,” singular. The State court of appeals ruled that this meant the stop was not supported by probable cause: no reason to believe a law was being violated. The State supreme court ruled that the stop was valid, because the officer’s misunderstanding of the law was reasonable. A reasonable …read more

Source:: Hunting News Daily

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