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Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of Suppression Involving Abandoned Property
Mar 23rd, 2014

Is this a bar exam question? Spot the bases for suppression in the following thumbnail description from the Eighth Circuit’s website of United States v. Douglas, issued on March 11, 2014 (published):

District court did not err in denying defendant’s motion to suppress a shotgun found hidden in a trash bag in an abandoned refrigerator in an open field on his relative’s vacant, rural property; under the circumstances, defendant did not have an objectively reasonable expectation of privacy; further, defendant repeatedly disavowed any ownership or posessory interest in the bag or the shotgun and could not claim the bag was searched and the gun seized in violation of his rights.


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