Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Probable Cause — Traffic Stop – Visual Speed Estimate — InsufficientU.S. v. Sowards A deputy’s visual estimate of a driver’s speed – uncorroborated by radar or pacing and unsupported by any other indicia of reliability – did not provide probable cause to stop the driver for driving 75 in a 70-mph zone, and the 4th Circuit says the district court erred in denying defendant’s motion to suppress cocaine discovered in the car after the traffic stop.
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Published: June 27, 2012
Time posted: 5:26 pm
Tags: Criminal Practice, Insufficient, probable cause, search & seizure, traffic stop, Visual Speed Estimate