STATE of Oregon, Appellant-Cross-Respondent, v. Louis Edward BROWN, Jr., and Teresa Loraine Wallace, Respondents-Cross-Appellants.
Police officers searched defendants' home pursuant to a warrant authorizing a search but not a seizure of evidence. The trial court concluded that, under State v. Miller, 188 Or.App. 514, 72 P.3d 643, rev. den., 336 Or. 146, 82 P.3d 162 (2003), such a warrant was invalid on its face and thus granted defendants' motion to suppress. The state appeals.
After the trial court granted defendants' motion, we held in State v. Carter, 200 Or.App. 262, 267, 113 P.3d 969 (2005), that a warrant may validly authorize a search without a seizure and that “the lawfulness of the separate invasion of privacy occasioned by seizing items * * *, in the absence of authorization in the warrant itself, may be analyzed by reference to the plain view exception to the warrant requirement.” (Emphasis in original.) There, we remanded to the trial court to determine whether the evidence fell within the plain view exception. Id. at 268, 113 P.3d 969. Here, the trial court found that “[m]ost of the evidence the defense seeks to suppress, including all of the methamphetamine that was seized by the police during the search, would fall within the ‘plain view’ exception” if that exception applied. Accordingly, we remand to the trial court for it to determine which items were in plain view.
Defendants cross-appeal, assigning as error the admission of evidence found during a search of a shed on the property of defendant Brown's mother. We affirm the trial court's decision on that issue without discussion.
On appeal, order of suppression vacated and remanded; affirmed on cross-appeal.