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Supreme Court: Trooper Wrong to Seize Car in Traffic Stop

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a state trooper was wrong to seize a man's vehicle after he said he smelled a faint scent of burnt marijuana

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    Supreme Court: Trooper Wrong to Seize Car in Traffic Stop

    The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a state trooper was wrong to seize a man's vehicle after he said he smelled a faint scent of burnt marijuana.

    The Vermont American Civil Liberties Union sued the state over the seizure.

    Then-21-year-old Greg Zullo of Rutland, who is black, was pulled over in Wallingford in March of 2014. The trooper said snow was covering his registration sticker.

    The trooper said he smelled burnt marijuana and asked to search the car. Zullo refused but allowed the trooper to search him.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    The car was towed and a grinder and pipe with some marijuana residue were found, which is not a criminal offense.

    The court ruled Friday that a faint burnt marijuana odor doesn't create a fair probability that pot would be found.

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