Nevada Case Threatens to Expand Terry Stops

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Spencer, Shaun B.
Nevada; law; officers; identity; state; stop and frisk cases; enforcement; investigatory stop; criminal; activity; frisk; armed; dangerous; identification; suspicion; privacy; anonymity; supreme judicial court; article 14; Massachusetts declaration of rights; 4th amendment; fourth amendment; automobile stops; detainee; Criminal Law; Fourth Amendment; Law
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This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will review a Nevada decision authorizing police to arrest people for refusing to identify themselves. If affirmed, the decision could reshape how privacy is viewed in the criminal context throughout the United States, and could prompt the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to depart from the Supreme Court’s approach to stop-and-frisk cases. The case is Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court, 59 P.3d 1201 (Nev. 2002), cert. granted, 124 S. Ct. 430 (2003).