State v. Carjaval – NJ Supreme Court, June 2, 2010.
Based on information from a confidential informant, the police approached the defendant when he got off a bus from
The New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s finding that the defendant did not have standing to challenge the warrantless search of the bag because he had denied having any possessory or ownership interest in the bag and the police had attempted to find other potential owners among those on the bus. The Court found that he voluntarily and knowingly relinquished any rights he had to the bag and the facts did not suggest that the police were being coercive or overbearing. Based on the totality of the circumstances, the defendant acted consistent with someone who had no ownership interest in the bag.
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