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US Court Denies Government Appeal In $167,000 Seizure Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court says police in Nevada violated a Hawaii man’s constitutional rights, and the government can’t keep $167,000 in cash found in his motor-home on Interstate 80 in 2013.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Monday that a pair of traffic stops by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and an Elko County sheriff’s deputy with a drug-sniffing dog amounted to an effort to get around Straughn Gorman’s right to be free from unreasonable searches.

Gorman’s lawyer, Vincent Savarese (sav-ahr-EES’), noted the appeals court characterized the one-after-another stops as “impermissible gamesmanship” by officers buying time to get a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle.

The dog found cash, not drugs.

Gorman was not charged with a crime, but federal prosecutors sought to keep the money.

 

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