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Barry Kamins/photo by Rick Kopstein. Barry Kamins/photo by Rick Kopstein.

In the Fall term of last year, the New York Court of Appeals issued a number of decisions dealing with automobile stops. The court clarified the legal standard required for both a traffic stop as well as an investigative stop based on suspicion of criminal activity. It also offered guidance on automobile stops that are based upon a mistake of law by police officers. Finally, it clarified the prosecution’s burden to justify an automobile stop based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

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