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State v. Colosimo: Minnesota Anglers' Freedom from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures Becomes 'The One that Got Away'


Edwin Butterfoss


Hamline University School of Law

Joseph L. Daly


Hamline University

January 1, 2004

William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 527, 2004

Abstract:     
In State v. Colosimo, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that an expectation of privacy does not exist in a boat or other conveyance typically used to transport fish and it is therefore permissible for an armed conversation officer to conduct a nonconsensual inspection of the boat or other conveyance. This article examines the various opinions in the Colosimo case, including the opinion of the Minnesota Court of Appeals (which was reversed by the supreme court), as well as the majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions of the supreme court. The authors provide a brief background of how the issue of stops and inspections by conservation officers has been dealt with in other jurisdictions before turning to a critique of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision in Colosimo, which the authors consider far too expansive.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: Search and seizure, State v. Colosimo, boat laws, Minnesota Statutes section 97A.251, anglers, fish

JEL Classification: K32, Q22, Q28

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Date posted: December 1, 2011  

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Butterfoss, Edwin and Daly, Joseph L., State v. Colosimo: Minnesota Anglers' Freedom from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures Becomes 'The One that Got Away' (January 1, 2004). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 527, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1932949

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Edwin Butterfoss (Contact Author)
Hamline University School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
651.523.2141 (Phone)
Joseph L. Daly
Hamline University ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
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651 523 2236 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.hamline.edu/personal/jdaly
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