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US v. Griffin, No. 08-4045

Defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed where: 1) the circumstances of a face-to-face encounter between an informant and an officer provided sufficient reasonable suspicion to justify the Terry stop of defendant's vehicle; and 2) given the circumstances confronting the officers, the brief protective search of defendant's vehicle was proper. 

Read US v. Griffin, No. 08-4045

Appellate Information

Argued: September 22, 2009

Decided: December 17, 2009


Opinion by Circuit Judge Shedd


For Appellant:  Matthew Segal, Fedeal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc.

For Appellee:   Mark Andrews Jones, Office of the U.S. Attorney