Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Former Girlfriend Had Apparent Authority to Consent to Search of Defendant's Home

U.S. v. Crabb, 20007 WL 779280 (3/16/07)(unpub'd) - A woman had apparent authority to consent to the search of the defendant's home. By virtue of his response to a prior domestic violence call, an officer had knowledge that the woman and the defendant had been romantically involved in the past and had lived together at one time at a different residence. The woman did nothing to dispel the officers' reasonable belief she had authority. Without prompting, she invited the officers into the home.