California V. Riley Case Study

732 Words3 Pages
Issue- California v. Riley, 134 S. Ct.2473 (2014): Pone seized during a lawful arrest. The Defendant David Leon Riley on August 2, 2009 in San Diego, California was a member of the Lincoln Park gang at the time of the crime. On that night during a random altercation with a rival gang Riley and his friends conducted a drive-by shooting which seriously injured members other rival gang. After the shooting Riley and his friends drove away in his 1989 Oldsmobile. Two weeks later on August 22, 2009 Riley was stop by law enforcement in a different vehicle than the night of the shooting with an expired license registration tags also his driver license was suspended. With those exterigent circumstances law enforcement arrested Riley at the scene of the traffic stop then proceeding to perform inventory search of the vehicle to confirm that the vehicle has all its components at the time of the seizure. Law enforcement conducts inventory of an arrestee property to protect against any liability claims from the defendant that their property is missing or to find any hidden contraband. While conducting their search of Riley vehicle police found two weapons inside the vehicle subsequently Riley was arrested for possession of an illegal firearms. At the police station…show more content…
The court originally dismissed the request and held that the search was valid under the SITA doctrine Riley was convicted of the crimes. “On appeal, the court affirmed the judgment based on the recent California Supreme Court decision People v. Diaz. In Diaz, the court held that the Fourth Amendment "search-incident-to-arrest" doctrine permits the police to conduct a full exploratory search of a cell phone (even if it is conducted later and at a different location) whenever the phone is found near the suspect at the time of
Open Document