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California Man Gets Gun Evidence Tossed by Divided Ninth Circuit

May 28, 2020, 12:01 AM

A “difficult neighbor” with a prior history of felony convictions beat federal gun charges after a divided Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that they stemmed from evidence illegally obtained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department during an unreasonable search based on an administrative warrant.

The LASD deputies’ search was overly intrusive and it’s clear their primary motivation was to gather evidence to support their ongoing criminal investigation, not to assist the city inspectors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled.

The LASD and City of Lancaster, Calif. began investigating Franz Grey after his neighbors complained that he...

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