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Criminal Procedure keyed to Weinreb
United States v. Matlock
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The Respondent, Matlock (the “Respondent”), was arrested for robbing a federally insured bank. The Respondent filed a motion to suppress evidence seized at a home in which he was living. The Respondent leased the home from the Graff family. The Respondent lived in the home with various other people. Three police officers went to the Respondent’s home and were allowed into the home by Ms. Graff who also lived there. The police were admitted to enter the home. The officers told Ms. Graff that they were looking for money and a gun and asked if they could search the home. The trial court found at the suppression hearing that there was consent to search the home although Ms. Graff denied consenting. The officers found money in a bag in the closet of the Respondent’s bedroom who he shared with the individual that answered the door. The District Court found that the seized evidence was admissible. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
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