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Case No. 19-0180

State of Iowa
v.
Nicholas Dean Wright

Defendant appealed from the judgment and sentence entered on his convictions of possession of marijuana and possession of Vyvanse. See Iowa Code § 124.401(5) (2019). Defendant contended the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence obtained from a warrantless search of his garbage containers set out for trash collection. The court of appeals affirmed. Defendant seeks further review.

County:
Cerro Gordo

Resister

State of Iowa

Applicant

Nicholas Dean Wright

Attorneys for Resister

Linda J. Hines

Attorneys for Applicant

Colin Murphy

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Sep 17, 2020 9:00 AM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0180
Date Published:
Jun 18, 2021
Date Amended:
Aug 31, 2021

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0180
Date Published:
Feb 05, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Adam Sauer, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (10 pages)

            Nicholas Wright appeals the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained from warrantless “trash rips.”  OPINION HOLDS: Because the law enforcement officer did not intrude upon a constitutionally-protected interest and Wright had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of the garbage containers left out for collection, we affirm the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress. 

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