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The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently considered whether it was reasonable for Boston Police officers to seize and invecop-warrantless-searchntory the contents of a defendant’s backpack that was in the backseat of an unregistered and uninsured vehicle he was operating. In the case of Commonwealth v. Nicoleau, where the car was parked in front of the defendant’s home where he lived with his grandmother, and his grandmother was present and able to take the backpack and any other personal belongings, the Boston Police had no right to seize the backpack and search its contents pursuant to a motor vehicle inventory search.  The appeals court affirmed the trial court’s order suppressing the knife that was found in the backpack. Continue reading →