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Case No. 19-1241

State of Iowa
Shawn Thomas Bean


State of Iowa


Shawn Thomas Bean

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Jonathan M. Causey

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 19, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Paul D. Scott, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (11 pages)

            Shawn Thomas Bean appeals from convictions for drug-related offenses, arguing the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence from a vehicle search.  OPINION HOLDS: The evidence was properly admissible, and therefore the denial of the motion to suppress was not in error.  The evidence was admissible under the plain-view exception.  We need not consider whether the consensual encounter transformed into a seizure at some point, as the evidence providing probable cause for Bean’s arrest was discovered due to the arresting officer’s exploration of an area in which Bean had no reasonable expectation of privacy.

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