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Police Can’t Enter Ice Shack

Police Can’t Enter Ice Shack

Police were investigating an accident and observed the defendant's vehicle parked on the grass behind a private residence. Police ended up entering an old, dilapidated fish house in the yard, where they found the defendant. The Court finds that the defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the fish house, which was within the curtilage of the residence, and the State failed to establish any other justification to enter the fish house without a warrant. The conviction is reversed. State v. Shaw (Ct. App. Unpubl., 04/15/19).

————— May 22, 2019