Home / courts / Arizona ruling allows police to search visitors’ personal items

Arizona ruling allows police to search visitors’ personal items

police-620The Arizona Supreme Court is adopting a legal guideline that says police with a warrant to search a place may inspect personal items of a person not named in the warrant if the items aren’t in that person’s possession.

The unanimous ruling issued Wednesday upholds the convictions and sentences of a woman arrested while visiting a Kingman residence.

Police searching the residence found drugs and drug paraphernalia in Alicia Leah Gilstrap’s purse. She was taking a shower when the search began.

Her lawyers argued that the evidence was illegally obtained because she wasn’t named on the search warrant for the residence.

However, the Supreme Court said the search of her purse was legal because she didn’t have the purse in her possession when officers found it.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




Check Also

Arizona teachers walk into the senate building as they protest for higher pay at the capitol Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Phoenix. The protest comes as educators try to persuade the Legislature and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to boost their pay significantly. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sea of red engulfs Capitol as teachers protest

The protesters included dozens of teachers from nine schools in west Phoenix and Glendale who called in sick in the first job action teachers have called since organizing earlier this month.