Supreme Court Oral Arguments: State v. Deandre A. Buchanan

In this case, the Supreme Court examines issues related to Deandre Buchanan’s conviction for possession of 200 grams of THC or less with intent to deliver after police recovered the drug while searching his vehicle during a traffic stop. The key issue here is whether case law supports the arresting officer’s decision to use the petitioner’s arrest history as part of the basis for performing a protective search following a routine traffic stop. Buchanan asked the Supreme Court to review if, under the totality of the circumstances, the trooper had an objectively reasonable suspicion that Buchanan was armed and dangerous, and if the trial court erred in concluding that the marijuana stem found in Buchanan’s vehicle was in “plain view?”

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