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McCormack v State – a weapons frisk is not authority to open a discovered pill container

McCormack v. State, A13A1390, November 22, 2013.  James McCormack was stopped by police for walking in the roadway and obstructing traffic.  He had a knife clipped to his belt so the Officer investigating McCormack for walking in the roadway performed a search for weapons for officer safety known as a Terry frisk.  No weapons were […]

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STINSON V. STATE – A12A1592: In the Vicinity of a Roadblock? Beware! Police Have Greater Discretion Than Normal

On May 14, 2011, at around 1:47 a.m. the Jonesboro and Clayton County Police Departments were conducting a roadblock on Lake Jodeco Road in Clayton County. Stinson’s pickup truck crested a hill that obscured the roadblock, and upon noticing the checkpoint he “stopped very suddenly and made a very sharp right turn” onto an adjacent […]

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