Man’s Constructive Possession of the Contents of a Woman’s Purse

May a man be held criminally responsible for the contents of his girlfriend’s purse? Yes, on the facts of State v. Mitchell, the court of appeals ruled yesterday. In Mitchell, an officer stopped the defendant for speeding. The officer ordered the defendant and his girlfriend out of the car. Subsequent events, not highly relevant here, … Read more

I Gant Believe I’m Posting about This Case Again!

OK, one more post about Arizona v. Gant, which I’ve previously discussed here and here. First, School of Government faculty member Bob Farb has written a short paper about Gant that summarizes the decision and its consequences.  You can find the paper here. Second, I’ve been pondering one possible implication of Gant that I haven’t … Read more