State v. Bruns
New Jersey Supreme Court
796 A.2d 226 (N.J. 2002)
Officer John Seidler stopped Barbara Edwards for speeding. Seidler discovered that Edwards was driving on a suspended license and had two outstanding arrest warrants. Seidler arrested Edwards and put her in his patrol car. Another officer arrived and placed the car’s only passenger, Walter Evans, in his patrol car, searched the passenger compartment of Edwards’s car, and discovered a large knife and toy handgun under the front passenger seat. The knife and toy handgun were linked to an armed robbery allegedly committed by Evans and John Bruns (defendant). The state (plaintiff) sought to admit the evidence against Bruns. Bruns moved to suppress the evidence as a fruit of an illegal search. The state argued that Bruns had no standing to suppress the evidence. The trial court denied Bruns’s motion. Bruns was convicted and appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stein, J.)
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