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State v. Jones
Iowa Supreme Court
666 N.W.2d 142 (2003)
A high school conducted an annual locker cleanout before winter break. Three or four days before the cleanout, school administrators notified students to appear at their assigned lockers at a prescheduled time. Faculty supervised the cleanout, inspecting lockers for overdue library books, trash, food items, and contraband. Several students, including Marzel Jones (defendant), did not appear for their scheduled cleanout. School staff identified and searched absent students’ lockers. A staff person opened Jones’s locker, saw a coat hanging from a hook, found a bag of marijuana in the coat’s outside pocket, and reported the find to the principal. The principal removed Jones from class, escorted him to his locker, and pulled the coat from the locker. Jones grabbed the coat and attempted to flee. The principal caught and detained Jones until police arrived and confirmed that the bag contained marijuana. The state (plaintiff) charged Jones with drug possession. The trial court granted Jones’s motion to suppress. The state appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cady, J.)
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