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c. Destruction of evidence

State v. Antonio K. Phillips, 2009 WI App 179, PFR filed 11/25/09 For Phillips: Michael J. Backes Issue/Holding: Warrantless entry of residence, following controlled buy within it, was justified by the threat of destruction of evidence, given that, “after seeing the police outside the residence, Phillips retreated into the residence and shut the door after the police… Read more

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State v. Kevin Raphael Lee, 2009 WI App 96, PFR filed 7/1/09 For Lee: Robert E. Haney Issue/Holding: Police investigating complaint of drug dealing were entitled to enter apartment and conduct “protective sweep” when they saw, through the open front door, clear evidence of drugs: ¶13      The officers who presented themselves at Lee’s front door were investigating… Read more

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State v. Dwight M. Sanders, 2007 WI App 174, affirmed on different ground, 2008 WI 85 For Sanders: Patrick M. Donnelly, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶32 In both Hughes and Garrett, the police officers actually detected the presence of drugs within the residence before they entered without a warrant. In Hughes, the officers smelled the “unmistakable odor of marijuana coming… Read more

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State v. Edward Garrett, 2001 WI App 240, PFR filed For Garrett: Michael P. Sessa Issue: Whether warrantless entry of defendant’s apartment was justified under the exigent circumstances doctrine (risk that evidence — drugs — will be destroyed). Holding: Warrantless entry of a residence may be justified where both probable cause and exigent circumstances are shown. Probable… Read more

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State v. Daniel Rodriguez, 2001 WI App 206, PFR filed 9/19/01 For Rodriguez: Diana Felsmann, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate Issue: Whether warrantless police entry of a residence was justified under the following circumstances: the location was a drug “hot spot”; before entry, undercover officers saw three people enter and quickly leave; drug arrests had been made at… Read more

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State v. Vanessa D. Hughes, 2000 WI 24, 233 Wis. 2d 280, 607 N.W.2d 621, reversing unpublished decision, cert. denied, __ U.S. __ (2001).For Hughes: Andrea Taylor Cornwall, SPD, Milwaukee Appellate. Issue1: Whether “the combination of the strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment, and the knowledge on the part of the occupants that the police are… Read more

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State v. Scott Kiekhefer, 212 Wis. 2d 460, 569 N.W.2d 316 (Ct. App. 1997) For Kiekhefer: Linda Hornik Issue/Holding: The odor of burning marijuana from within a closed bedroom did not create exigent circumstances for the police, who did have permission to be in the house, to enter the bedroom: According to Londre, they believed Kiekhefer… Read more

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