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United States v. Williams
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
731 F.3d 678 (2013)
An anonymous 911 caller reported a group of approximately 25 men—a few of whom were displaying guns—behaving in a belligerent manner while loitering in a parking lot outside of a bar. Upon arrival, the police found a much smaller group of men, none of whom appeared to be acting belligerently or displaying firearms. Nevertheless, the police conducted frisks, paying particular attention to Andre Williams (defendant). Williams was found to have both a handgun and illegal drugs on his person. Williams was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. At trial in federal district court, Williams challenged the constitutionality of the frisk and moved to suppress the evidence of the handgun, which was denied. The judge applied sentencing enhancements, increasing Williams’s offense level. Williams appealed his conviction to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, arguing that the search had been unlawful and that the seized handgun should have been suppressed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stadtmueller, J.)
Concurrence (Hamilton, J.)
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