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Apparently, the loaded gun didn’t bother U.S. District Judge James Robertson. Indeed, the fact that Mahndel Green had a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver in his waistband when D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Keith Raynor stopped him on the night of Jan. 11 was a nonissue. Rather, Robertson ruled that the officer, who had pulled Green over for violating the city’s tinted-window restrictions, had searched the suspect without probable cause. That led the judge to throw out the case last week. In a June 19 opinion, Robertson said the case revealed “a number of deviations between [the police's] tint window policy and its actual practice.” For one, the judge said nobody appeared to know who had the window-tint meters officers are supposed to use to check for a violation. D.C. law has strict limitations on the tinting of car windows, though Green’s Ford Expedition’s windows apparently did not meet the standard for a tint citation. Even more “disturbing,” the judge wrote, was that between April 1, 2005, and the end of April 2006 a single police district — the First District, which includes much of downtown and Capitol Hill — had four times as many busts for window-tint violations as anywhere else in the city. And, he noted, a single officer — John Robinson — issued 276 of the district’s 820 tint citations over that 13-month period. The government plans to appeal. A Police Department spokesman declined comment on the opinion. Robinson was on military duty in Iraq and could not be reached for comment.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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