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Police Officer's Alleged Observation of a Drug Deal Was Deemed Incredible as a Matter of Law, Motion to Suppress Should Have Been Granted, Indictment Dismissed

The Second Department determined defendant's motion to suppress evidence should have been granted and the indictment dismissed in this drug possession case. The police officer's (Borden's) testimony that he observed the drug transaction, which took place inside a car, through his rearview mirror, was incredible as a matter of law: “ ... [C}ommon experience dictates that the dashboard of the defendant's vehicle would have obscured Borden's view of a hand-to-hand transaction between the defendant and the front-seat passenger. Borden's testimony that the transaction occurred at a height sufficient for ‘public view’ lacked credibility and suggested that his testimony was tailored to meet constitutional objections ... .” People v. Maiwandi, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 01618, Second Dept 3-6-19

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