Maryland Court of Appeals and Pop Culture

Judge Harrell starts out another opinion with a pop culture reference in a criminal case involving a drug deal in Prince George’s County:

Our house is a very, very, very fine house,
With two [cops] in the yard;
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is [seized] ’cause of you.

In a footnote, Judge Harrell apologizes to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “for tinkering with the lyrics” from their song, “Our House,” from their 1970 album, Deja Vu.

The Maryland Court of Appeals reversed the trial court that threw out erroneously seized evidence from an improper search, finding that the evidence recovered would be admissible under the good-faith exception to the Fourth Amendment’s exclusionary rule.

I really should not be spending my time reviewing criminal cases. I try to take a quick glance at all new opinions, including criminal opinions, just to see if there is anything of interest regarding my practice. The lead-in to this case got my attention, and I kept reading.

You can find the opinion in Marshall v. State here.