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Warrantless search allowed in mobile auto

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From State v Meharry (S52988) OJD Media Release: “In an opinion written by Justice Rives Kistler, the Supreme Court held that a warrantless search of an automobile does not violate Article I, section 9, of the Oregon Constitution when the automobile is mobile at the time an officer stops it and there is probable cause to believe that the vehicle contains contraband or evidence of a crime. The Court reasoned that the search of defendant’s van was justified because the van was mobile when the officer stopped it by parking his police car behind defendant’s van.”

This Oregon Supreme Court case and others decided this week can be found at the OJD web site, here. The full text of Meharry is here.

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