An Appeal to Remember

In US v. Gaines, the Fourth Circuit addressed the Government’s appeal from the District Court’s order granting Mr. Gaines’ motion to suppress.  Specifically, the District Court suppressed a firearm seized by police following an unlawful stop of a vehicle in which he was a passenger. The district court suppressed the gun on the basis that it was “fruit of the poisonous tree,” while the Government maintains that intervening events, and resisting arrest committed by Gaines, purged the illegality of the stop and rendered the firearm admissible. The Court affirmed the district court’s order granting the motion to suppress.