Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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Florida Supreme Court Bars Police Searches Based Solely on Anonymous Tips

In a 5-2 opinion that reversed the conviction and 15-year sentence of George Baptiste for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the Florida Supreme Court held that police cannot stop and search people based solely on anonymous tips. Conducting a search based solely on anonymous tips does not amount to reasonable suspicion; therefore, doing so violates a defendant’s constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures.



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