January 25, 2011
Three of Professor David Harris's articles on vehicle stops and pedestrian frisks were cited in a new opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The case, which involved a vehicle stop followed by a frisk of one of the passengers, called upon the court to consider what evidence police officers must have in order to frisk a person found during a pretext-based stop of a car. The dissenting judge cited the three articles published by Professor Harris to demonstrate the workings of pretext-based traffic stops, the use of such stops against minority motorists, and the erosion of the standards involved in stops and frisks, among other points.
Link to the Court's Opinion