Criminal Procedure keyed to Saltzburg
United States v. Knights
Respondent Knights [“the respondent”], was sentenced to summary probation on a drug charge. The terms of this probation, signed and agreed to by the respondent, would “submit his . . . person, property, place of residence, vehicle, personal effects, to search at anytime, with or without a search warrant, warrant of arrest or reasonable cause by any probation officer or law enforcement officer.” Subsequently, the respondent became a suspect in a series of 30 acts of vandalism against Pacific Gas & Electric after the company filed a theft-of-services complaint against the respondent and cancelled his service. Detectives began surveillance, and noted the respondent’s friend, Simoneau, drop what were believed to be pipe bombs into the Napa River. The detective also spotted explosive materials and other evidence connecting the respondent in Simoneau’s truck. The detective knew about the terms of probation, and searched the respondent’s house. More bomb-making materials were f ound in the house.
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