Court of Criminal Appeals Ok’s Illegal Traffic Stops If The Driver Has An Oustanding Warrant
Here’s a paragraph that makes my libertarian blood boil.
So, while the initial stop itself was illegal (emphasis mine), Grijalva never went beyond the bounds of what would have been constitutionally permissible had the stop in fact been justified at its inception. Under these circumstances, applying the law, as we have explicated it in this opinion, to the undisputed facts of the case in our de novo review, we conclude that the behavior of the arresting officers, although clearly unlawful at the outset, was not so particularly purposeful and flagrant that the discovery of the appellee’s outstanding arrest warrants may not serve to break the causal connection between the illegal stop and the discovery of the ecstasy in the appellee’s pants pocket, thus purging the primary taint.
The cops acted illegally, but that’s ok. Ugh.
Today’s case of the day is Mazuca vs. State, from El Paso.