United States v. Griffin, No. 11-15558 (11th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant moved to suppress ammunition and statements made to an officer and the district court granted the order. At issue was whether a constitutionally valid stop and frisk became unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment when the officer asked some brief questions unrelated to the reason for the stop and the purpose of the frisk. The officer in this case asked defendant whether he was carrying batteries in his pocket, to which defendant answered that he was actually carrying shotgun shells, not batteries. The court reversed the district court's holding and concluded that the questions posed did not convert a permissible encounter into an unconstitutional one.
The court issued a Revised version of this opinion on August 20, 2013.