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150371 - People v Charles Almando-Maurice Dunbar

The People of the State of Michigan,
Charles F. Justian
(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)
(Muskegon – Hicks, T.)
Charles Almando-Maurice Dunbar
Michael L. Oakes


Defendant Charles Almando-Maurice Dunbar’s vehicle was stopped by sheriff’s deputies on the basis of an obstructed license plate. After the stop, the deputies found cocaine, marijuana, and a handgun in the vehicle. Dunbar moved to suppress the evidence on the ground that the traffic stop violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The trial court denied the motion. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s order in a split published opinion. At issue is whether the license plate affixed to Dunbar’s vehicle, which was obstructed by a towing ball, violated MCL 257.225(2), thereby permitting law enforcement officers to conduct a traffic stop.