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Wilson v. City of Pine Bluff

Court of Appeals of Arkansas
641 S.W.2d 33 (1982)


In response to a medical emergency, police officers entered a residence in the city of Pine Bluff, Arkansas (plaintiff). Inside, the officers found Joe Wilson (defendant) near a woman who told the officers she lawfully lived in the residence and wanted Wilson to leave. Wilson refused to leave, despite the woman's request and despite police warnings that Wilson must either leave the property or be arrested for criminal trespass. Wilson never made any claim to possession or ownership of the property. The police arrested Wilson for unlawfully remaining on the woman's premises, and the city prosecuted Wilson for criminal trespass. At trial, the only evidence against Wilson was the police officers' account of the incident. Wilson was convicted. On appeal to the Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Wilson argued the police testimony was inadmissible hearsay.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Cooper, J.)

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