Search and Seizure

Mr. A is detained at the police station as a potential witness to a murder. As it turns out, Mr. A has an open warrant issued for parole violation. Mr. A is arrested on this warrant. Mr. A’s clothing is inventoried and no other evidence is readily apparent. Eight days later, an investigator has Mr. A’s clothing analyzed by forensics for blood traces. A serologist discovers blood on Mr. A’s shoes that match blood from the murder victim. Mr. A is charged with murder, which he wants to appeal.

Was the search of the defendant’s clothing legal?


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