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People v. Valot
Michigan Court of Appeals
189 N.W.2d 873 (1971)
Policemen responded to a call from a motel manager who was concerned about “hippie-type people” using one of the motel rooms. The police found that the room had been registered in the name of Harold Valot (defendant) just three days prior and that he had been seen entering the room. One of the policemen recognized Valot’s name as the name of an escapee from the Detroit House of Correction. The police entered the motel room with the help of the motel manager and observed five people sleeping, including Valot. The police also observed a strong marijuana odor, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, a brass water pipe on the table next to the bed occupied by Valot, and two marijuana cigarette butts on the floor, one being next to Valot’s bed. Valot testified that he knew that one of the other occupants, Paul Silver, carried and used marijuana and that he chased Silver out of the motel room, but Silver was in the motel room at the time the policemen arrived. Valot further testified that he was unaware of the presence of marijuana in the motel room until that time. Valot was arrested and convicted for possession of marijuana in violation of the narcotics statute. Valot appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Churchill, J.)
Dissent (Levin, J.)
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