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2-18-08 - Page 101 Direct information Hearsay information...

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2/18/08 Page 101 Direct information Hearsay information Can be used to conduct a search but wont stand up in court Why can it be used for a search and not in court? To conduct a search all you need is reasonable suspicion which is a lower burden of proof the needed in court Florida v J.L. Facts Police got an anonymous tip that a person in a plaid shirt in a certain area had a weapon The police found JL in that area with a plaid shirt They searched him and found a concealed weapon Question Is an anonymous tip enough for reasonable suspicion? No Reason In this case the anonymous tip was too vague only giving a minor physical description and location Anonymous tips can be used but they have to be more precise Illinois v Wardlow Facts A uniform officer drove around a high drug area and when Wardlow saw the officer he fled
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