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Kansas v. Glover
United States Supreme Court
140 S. Ct. 1183 (2020)
Mark Mehrer (plaintiff), a Kansas (plaintiff) police deputy, ran the license plate of a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck he spotted while on routine patrol. Mehrer did not observe the truck committing any traffic infractions or engaging in suspicious activity. After running the license plate, Mehrer discovered the truck was registered to Charles Glover, Jr. (defendant) and that Glover’s driver’s license had been revoked. Mehrer did not attempt to identify the driver of the truck after running the plate. Because the truck was registered to an owner without a valid license, Mehrer initiated a traffic stop. Glover was driving the truck. Following the traffic stop, Glover was charged with driving as a habitual violator. Glover moved to suppress the evidence from the traffic stop, arguing that Mehrer did not have the required reasonable suspicion to initiate the stop. The trial court suppressed the evidence. Kansas appealed, and the appellate court reversed, holding it was reasonable for Mehrer to assume that Glover, as the truck’s registered owner, was also the driver. Glover appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court. The Kansas Supreme Court reversed, holding that Mehrer’s inference that Glover was the driver simply because he was the registered owner amounted to a hunch, not reasonable suspicion. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)
Dissent (Sotomayor, J.)
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