United States v. Rabbia, No. 11-1510 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Appellant was indicted in federal district court on two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Appellant moved to suppress the ammunition as well as inculpatory statements he made in connection with his arrest. After an evidentiary hearing, the district court denied the motion. Appellant subsequently entered a conditional guilty plea on both counts, reserving his right to appeal the denial of his suppression motion. Appellant then appealed. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the district court properly declined to grant Appellant's suppression motion, as the stop that led to the discovery of the ammunition (1) was justified at its inception and did not constitute an unlawful seizure, and (2) was not transformed into a de facto arrest requiring Miranda warnings.