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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Maryland v. Pringle
Citation:540 U.S. 366, 124 S.Ct. 795, 157 L.Ed.2d 769.
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In August 1999, a Baltimore County Police officer stopped a Nissan Maxima for speeding. The car had three occupants: Donte Partlow (the driver), Respondent (the front seat passenger), and Otis Smith (the back seat passenger). When Partlow opened the glove compartment for his license and registration, the officer noticed a large amount of rolled-up money. A second patrol car arrived, and the officer asked Partlow if he had any weapons or narcotics in the vehicle. Partlow said that he did not and consented to a search of the vehicle. During the search, officers found $763 of rolled-up cash in the glove compartment and five plastic baggies of cocaine in the backseat armrest. Officers questioned all three of the car’s occupants about ownership of the drugs and money, but not admitted to it. All three were placed under arrest and transported to a police station. Later that morning, Pringle waived his rights under Miranda v. Arizona and gave an oral and written confession acknowledging that the cocaine belonged to him.
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