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District Court's Grant of Motion to Suppress In Felonious Possession Prosecution Affirmed

US v. Williams, 08-4630, concerned government's challenge to the district court's suppression of physical evidence and defendant's statements during the encounter with the police officers, in ruling that defendant had been illegally seized, in a prosecution of defendant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  In affirming the judgment, the court held that the district court correctly determined that officers seized defendant without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.  The court also held that, neither the officer's hunch that defendant might have an outstanding warrant nor defendant's statement purged the incriminating evidence of the taint of the unlawful seizure.

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