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Protective Sweep of Stairway Was Illegal (access required)

Police who entered an exterior stair­way to an apartment in order to arrest a man thought to be living there with his girlfriend violated the girlfriend’s Fourth Amendment rights and the Norfolk Cir­cuit Court suppresses evidence discovered during their “protective sweep” of the area; although the protective sweep was not invalid because the man’s arrest ...

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