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US v. Mosley, 05-1519

When a vehicle is illegally stopped by the police, no evidence found during the stop may be used by the government against any occupant of the vehicle unless the government can show that the taint of the illegal stop was purged. The metaphorical bubble of causation encapsulates the entire vehicle and links the illegality of the stop to the Fourth Amendment rights of all of the occupants.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 06/15/2006
  • Decided 07/21/2006
  • Published 07/21/2006


  • Before FISHER, CHAGARES and REAVLEY, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • David L. McColgin, Brett G. Sweitzer (Argued), Defender Association of Philadelphia, Federal Court Division, West Philadelphia, PA, Attorneys for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jennifer A. Williams (Argued), Office of United States Attorney, Philadelphia, PA, Attorney for Appellee.
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