On December 29th, 2021, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the conviction of one of the firm’s pro bono clients, creating new precedent in the State of Minnesota. The Court held that law enforcement officers are prohibited from expanding the scope or duration of a traffic stop to investigate noncriminal activity, even if the activity is otherwise unlawful. The holding represents a significant victory for advocates of police reform as it substantially narrows the permissible scope of traffic stops.
Meyer Njus Tanick attorney David Robbins handled the appeal pro bono as a Special Assistant Public Defender in partnership with the state’s public defender agency. David’s winning oral argument may be viewed here and the Court’s opinion may be read here.