Aldin v. State. Rack up a win for our PDs and APD Gwendolyn Powell Braswell. No surprise that it's Judge Peter Adrien getting reversed on the motion to suppress. At last count the number of challengers to Adrien in the upcoming election could fill the upper deck of Landshark stadium.
Back to the case: Held: A consent to search an apartment does not extend to the defendant's van. (duh!)
Argued by the prosecution: "But he's guilty...."
The case has some good language on the scope of searches, plain view, inevitable discovery, and harmless error. Nice Job PDs.
Quote to remember: "The detective asked the defendant what items in the apartment
were stolen. The defendant replied that it would be easier to ask him what in the
apartment was not stolen." (held- this is admissible on re-trial. Ouch! Perhaps it's time to consider a plea.)
You've got to love clients with a sense of humor and irony. It makes the job so much more enjoyable.
Wall of Shame: Stacy Glick here.