TCC - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that passengers in vehicles may challenge the legality of a traffic stop when the stop results in an arrest.
The Washington Post reports that the unanimous decision by the court came in the case of a
The Court's ruling affirmed Brendlin's standing and said that passengers, like drivers, are seized in a traffic stop and thus can claim Fourth Amendment protection. Brendlin had been denied by the California Supreme Court, which ruled that passengers are not seized by the police but could be implicated by searches.
Various groups, including the ACLU, had concurred with the opinion, although courts in
As a result of the ruling, the case has been sent back to the