- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Court of Appeals has rejected a man’s appeal of his conviction of carrying a concealed switchblade after a higher court clarified its interpretation of people’s rights during a traffic stop.

Glenn C. Parker was stopped in 2006 for expired tags. Portland police asked him for identification and found a switchblade. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Parker argued that the switchblade should be suppressed as evidence. He didn’t think he could leave during the stop, and that made the police search illegal.

The Oregon Court of Appeals agreed with Parker on two separate appeals over the years. But an Oregon Supreme Court ruling says “a straightforward request for information” by police isn’t a seizure.

Under that logic, the appeals court ruled the search was legal.



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