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Case No. 19-1241

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State of Iowa
v.
Shawn Thomas Bean

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Shawn Thomas Bean

Attorneys for Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Jonathan M. Causey

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-1241
Date Published:
Aug 19, 2020
Summary

            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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