Dep't of Transp. v. State Pers. Bd., No. B210334 - California Case Law
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Dep't of Transp. v. State Pers. Bd., No. B210334

In plaintiff's petition for writ of mandamus seeking to apply the exclusionary rule in a civil disciplinary proceeding to bar introduction of a firearm and ammunition seized from his car and his pockets by the California Highway Patrol resulting in termination of his employment with Caltrans, judgment of the trial court is affirmed as, although an illegal search took place, the exclusionary rule does not apply because the search occurred during a criminal investigation, and was not conducted by the agency that employs the worker being disciplined. Thus, excluding evidence in an administrative disciplinary proceeding would have no deterrent effect on a state law enforcement officer investigating reports of a crime occurring at another state agency. 

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Filed October 20, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Judge Boren

Counsel

For Appellant: Gerald A. James 

For Appellee:  Ronald W. Beals, Chief Counsel, Linda Cohen Harrel, Deputy Chief Counsel, Robert W. Vidor, Alexander D. DeVorkin, Carol Quan, William H. Rittenburg, Jerald M. Montoya