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Case No. 20-0754

State of Iowa
Skylar Shae Edwards


State of Iowa


Skylar Shae Edwards

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stephan J. Japuntich, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 04, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jones County, Mary E. Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., May, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  Dissent by Tabor, P.J.  (11 pages)

            Skylar Edwards appeals her conviction for possession of marijuana contending the police stop was impermissibly prolonged and the court should have sustained her suppression motion.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the police officer did not impermissibly prolong the stop and affirm.  DISSENT ASSERTS: I respectfully dissent. As soon as the deputy determined Edwards had properly displayed a temporary registration card in her rear window, he had no reasonable suspicion to ask for a bill of sale and her driver’s license.  Instead, he should have let her leave.  Because he continued his investigation without cause, I would reverse the district court ruling denying the motion to suppress.  

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