State v. Johnson

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Defendant-Appellant.

Brief filed: 05/07/2014


State v. Johnson

Supreme Court of Ohio; Case No. 2013-1973

Prior Decision

Case below 1 N.E.3d 491 (Ohio App. 12 Dist., Nov. 4, 2013).


The Twelfth Appellate District was wrong to rely on dicta and focus on officer culpability in order to expand the narrow exceptions to the exclusionary rule. This court should apply the exclusionary rule when there is no equivocal binding precedent authorizing a particular search. Knotts and Karo were not unequivocal binding precedent at the time law enforcement placed a GPS tracking device on Johnson’s car. A cost-benefit analysis tilts in favor of suppression in Johnson’s case.

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