United States v. Byrd

State police pull man over near Harrisburg, Penn. for staying in left lane longer than necessary to pass vehicles in right lane. He’s driving a rental, and his name isn’t on the rental agreement; police search the car without a warrant, telling him they don’t need his consent. Third Circuit (2017): No need to suppress the evidence. SCOTUS (2018, unanimously): Reversed. Drivers have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such instances. Third Circuit (2018): But the officers complied in good faith with precedent in effect at the time of the search, so convictions affirmed.

Tags: 2018, Exclusionary Rule, Fourth Amendment, Police, Search Warrant, Third Circuit

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