Tuesday, January 14, 2014

KYCOA - Hall - Exigent Circumstance

Hall v. Commonwealth  - COA, 1/10/14, To Be published

Police officers had a landlord unlock the door of a suspect’s home for them.  The officers then entered the residence because they smelled marijuana when the door was opened.  The Court of Appeals held that the landlord did not have the authority to open a suspect’s door for police, and the smell of marijuana could not serve as an exigent circumstance because the officers created the exigent circumstance.   

Tom Ransdell and Kate Benward represented Hall on appeal, while private attorney Sally Ann Wasielewski represented Hall before the circuit court.  

Contributed by Emily Rhorer