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VEHICLE'S AIR FILTER NOT PERMISSIBLE SEARCH AREA, SPLIT SJC RULES

By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON, FEB. 12, 2018.....A driver's consent 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.

The case stems from a January 2015 traffic stop that Holyoke police conducted, pulling a vehicle over because loud music from the car appeared to violate a local noise ordinance, according to Gants's summation of the case.


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