Well boys and girls, chalk another one up for the Fourth Amendment. The 7thCOA just reversed and remanded a case based on Officer Brady Lewis illegally detaining folks. First Office Lewis sees them speeding, but then testifies that they slowed down and that was why he pulled the vehicle over. Oh and Officer Lewis then mentioned that they were driving fast/slow in a high crime area and that when he pulled the vehicle over, the driver already had his license out. That’s about all the reasonable suspicion held. Court said that wasn’t enough to continue an illegal detention and continued questioning of a passenger of the vehicle after the request for a consent search had been denied.

I will let y’all read the rest of it so that I don’t spoil the ending, but the words “Reverse and Remand” sure do look good in this opinion.

KRISTY R. SIEFFERT, APPELLANT
V.
THE STATE OF TEXAS, APPELLEE

 
Above is the link to the opinion.  If it doesn’t work go on the 7th COA’s website and the Cause number is 07-08-00242-CR.

Leave a Reply