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The United States Constitution protects all citizens of the United States from unreasonable searches and seizures. In order for an officer to pull you over or detain you, he or she must be able to point to “reasonable, articulable suspicion” necessitating the search and seizure. On Monday, an Ohio Appellate Court reiterated this by ruling that a driver who had merely driven on a lane line for 3 seconds did not constitute reasonable and articulable suspicion. As anyone who has read the news reports on the frequent large scale drug seizures on the highways of Ohio, the predicate offense for the stop is almost always a “marked lane” violation. This ruling will inevitably make it harder for police to effectuate pretextual stops, and in turn will help to ensure that no American citizen is subject to unreasonable seizure of liberty by the police. Read more from The Toledo Blade here.

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