11th Circ. OKs Search By Disguised Officers In Fraud Case

By Steven Trader (June 28, 2017, 6:20 PM EDT) -- A split Eleventh Circuit panel on Wednesday concluded that deception by law enforcement doesn't necessarily render a suspect's consent to a home search involuntary, denying the appeal of two convicted fraudsters who were arrested after police investigating two unrelated burglaries discovered evidence in their Florida home. 

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court affirmed a Florida district judge's decision to deny Chenequa Austin and Eric Spivey's motion to suppress evidence of fraud that two police officers found in their home, which led to their convictions. Austin and Spivey's residence had twice been burglarized and they called the police, who showed up...

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