Charges Dismissed Following Trash Rip Suppression

Maybe the timing is coincidental, but GRL Law secured a dismissal of all charges in State v. Wright on the same day the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutional underpinning of trash rips in State v. Kuuttila.

One might think that this line of cases would be the last word on the issue.  But if you read the dissent, then you’ll see that the minority clearly wants to overrule a precedent that is barely four months old.  

In fact, they go as far as to encourage city councils and even the Iowa General Assembly to revive the now illegal police practice through legislation.

Trespass onto an “effect” in the pursuit of evidence of criminal activity is unconstitutional in Iowa.  And no ordinance or statute is going to stand up to the strictures of article 1, section 8.