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Case No. 20-1595

State of Iowa
Earnest Jones Hunt, Jr.

Earnest Jones Hunt Jr. seeks further review after the court of appeals reversed the district court’s ruling granting Hunt’s motion to suppress evidence obtained during a pat-down search for weapons. The court of appeals found the seizure of the crack cocaine fell within the scope of the plain-feel exception to the warrant requirement. Hunt argues the search exceeded the plain-feel exception as the object in his pocket did not have the contour or mass that made it “immediately apparent” as contraband.



State of Iowa


Earnest Jones Hunt, Jr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller

Attorney for the Appellant

Bradley M. Bender

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Mar 23, 2022 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 20, 2022

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 03, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Michael J. Shubatt, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J. (10 pages)


            The State challenges the grant of Earnest Hunt Jr.’s motion to suppress evidence seized during a pat down for weapons.  The supreme court granted the State’s application for discretionary review and stayed the district court proceedings pending resolution of this appeal.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the search of Hunt’s pocket was justified under the plain‑feel exception to the warrant requirement as set forth in Minnesota v. Dickerson, 508 U.S. 366 (1993), we reverse the suppression ruling and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. 

Other Information

Date Further Review is Granted:
Jan 28, 2022
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