Maryland V Pringle Case Study

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Case Citation: Maryland v. Pringle 540 U.S. 366 (2003)

Parties: State of Maryland, Petitioner / Appellant Joseph Jermaine Pringle, Defendant / Appellee

Facts: On the morning of August 7th, 1999 at 3:16 a.m., a Baltimore Police Officer conducted a stop on a passenger car for speeding. As the officer approached the car he noticed it was occupied by three males one of which was the respondent, Joseph Jermaine Pringle located in the front passenger seat. As the driver retrieved the vehicle’s proof of registration for the glove compartment located in front of Pringle, the officer noticed what appeared to be a large amount of currency rolled up in the glove compartment in plain view. After obtaining the driver’s license and registration, the police
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Upon returning to the vehicle the officer asked Partlow to get and then issued Partlow a verbal warning. Once another officer arrived on scene, Partlow was asked if he had any weapons or drugs in the car and he indicated that there were neither. Partlow then gave the officers consent to conduct a search of the vehicle. The officers found $763 in the glove compartment and five plastic glassine baggies containing cocaine from behind the armrest of the backseat. All three men were questioned as to who owned the money and drug, but all three denied owning the items or even knowing the money or drugs were in the car. Pringle and the other two men were then arrested and transported to the police station for further processing.

Once at the police station, Pringle was issued his Miranda rights under Miranda v. Arizona, eventually waiving his right to remain silent and his right to have a lawyer present during questioning. Pringle eventually confessed verbally and in writing that the drugs were his and the two other men did not have any knowledge of the drugs being in the car. He told the investigator that he “Intended to sell the cocaine or use it for

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