Readers of the blog are no doubt aware of GRL Law’s work on warrantless garbage searches. Earlier this summer, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the police practice unconstitutional in State v. Wright, but remanded the case to the district court for a second look at the warrant.
This time the district court could not consider any of the evidence seized during the trash rips in determining probable cause.
The only information that survived the Supreme Court’s ruling was uncorroborated hearsay. That information itself was months old.
There was no choice but to invalidate the warrant. That means all evidence was suppressed.
We expect the State will dismiss any day now.
GRL worked on this issue for more than 3.5 years. Good things come to those who wait.