VEHICLE'S AIR FILTER NOT PERMISSIBLE SEARCH AREA, SJC RULES
[Developing] A driver's OK for police to search inside his vehicle does not give law enforcement the right to look in the car's air filter, even though that is sometimes used as place to stash drugs and guns, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday in a 4-3 decision.
"A typical reasonable person would understand the scope of such consent to be limited to a search of the interior of the vehicle, including the trunk," Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote for the majority. "Because the police here exceeded this scope by searching under the hood and removing the air filter, and because the search was not otherwise supported by probable cause and was not a lawful inventory search, the Superior Court judge's order granting the defendant's motion to suppress is affirmed." - Andy Metzger/SHNS
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