11/01/2006

Judge rules La. officer's search illegal

By Penny Brown, Advocate staff writer
The Advocate
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A Baton Rouge police officer illegally seized a firearm from a convicted armed robber during a traffic stop, so now the gun can't be used as evidence, a federal judge decided.

In a 12-page ruling late last week, U.S. District Judge James Brady tossed out the .380-caliber handgun Officer Christopher Fisher found a year ago in Ronald Thibodeaux's PT Cruiser during a traffic stop.

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