A new Maryland case has put limits on how and when officers can constitutionally frisk (pat down) individuals at a potential crime scene. The case is important in determining whether evidence obtained by officers at a crime scene are admissible in a trial, and is a victory for the rights of the accused.
Frisk of Individual is Challenged
The situation began when police observed the defendant sitting in a stationary car that had a broken tail light. He was not the driver, but was in the back seat. Police reported that he seemed nervous, and although the driver stated he was waiting there to pick someone up, police did not believe him.