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Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court
By Lisa Kemler
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Whether finding cash and drugs (not in plain view) in a car with
several occupants provides probable cause to arrest all of the occupants
where they all deny having knowledge of the cash and drugs?
If the petitioner is successful in the case of Maryland v. Pringle,
No. 02-0809, the concept of individualized or particularized suspicion
will no longer be a requirement for probable cause to arrest where there
are multiple persons in a confined space and contraband — not in plain
view — is found.
Officer Snyder of the Baltimore County Police Department made a
routine traffic stop of a car for speeding and for the driver’s failure
to wear a seatbelt. Inside the vehicle were: Don Partlow, the driver and
owner of the car; respondent Joseph Pringle, who was seated in the
front passenger seat; and Otis Smith, who was seated in the backseat.
When Partlow opened the glove compartment to retrieve his registration,
the officer saw a large roll of money. After determining
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