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Clothes in disabled vehicle admissible as inevitable discovery (access required)

Where an officer conducted an illegal search of a defendant’s disabled vehicle and discovered clothing connecting the defendant to a recent robbery, the discovered clothing did not need to be suppressed because the clothing would inevitably have been discovered during ...

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Traffic infractions, smell of drugs justified vehicle stop (access required)

Where a patrol officer had probable cause to stop a vehicle after observing the commission of multiple traffic infractions, and had probable cause to extend the stop and search the vehicle, as well as its occupants, after smelling marijuana the ...

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Prosecutor’s press conference did not violate patient’s rights (access required)

Where a commonwealth’s attorney disclosed the fact that a psychiatric patient had psychological issues and had not taken his medication on the day he was shot by a hospital security guard, the patient’s guardian was unable to state a claim ...

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Doctor acquitted of drug trafficking charge (access required)

Although the court sustained the jury’s convictions on the counts for distributing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose or beyond the bounds of medical practice, it acquitted the defendant on the possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances ...

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Plaintiff gets texts on county employee’s personal phone (access required)

Despite Page County’s objection to a magistrate judge’s ruling on a terminated employee’s discovery motion, the plaintiff is entitled to text messages on the personal cell phone of a county employee, communications between that employee and a county contractor and ...

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Pipeline company could not add tree-sitters as defendants (access required)

Where two tree-sitters occupying certain parcels of land possession which had been granted to a company to construct its planned pipeline route, the company was not allowed  to join them in condemnation action because defendants did not have an actual ...

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