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State of Oregon v. Jeffery Lorenzo
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Supreme Court Case 2
Rolf Moan on behalf of the State of Oregon
Peter Gartlan on behalf of Jeffery Lorenzo
Statement of Issues:
State of Oregon v. Jeffery Lorenzo (S060969) (A145826) (appeal from Washington County Circuit Court; opinion reported at 252 Or App 263, 287 P3d 1133 (2012)).

The State of Oregon has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision that reversed and remanded a trial court ruling that denied a motion to suppress evidence filed by defendant Jeffery Lorenzo.

On review, the issues are:

(1) If police conduct has violated a defendant's rights under Article I, section 9, of the Oregon Constitution, but if that conduct ceased before a defendant voluntarily consented to a search, what must the defendant show to establish a "minimal factual nexus" between the illegality and his consent?

(2) If a defendant does establish a minimal factual nexus under the circumstances described above, how can the state overcome that showing?

(3) Can an initial illegal entry justify suppression of evidence found during a consent search under these circumstances: an officer illegally reached inside defendant's apartment door to knock on his bedroom door, but retreated before defendant emerged; any illegal entry by police was completed and not ongoing when officers asked for consent to enter; and the officers did not learn anything from the illegality that prompted them to seek consent to search or that they used to influence defendant's decision to consent?

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