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Name: United States v. Ruiz
Case #: 04-30516
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 11/07/2005

A third party’s consent to the search of another’s belongings is valid so long as the consenting party has either actual or apparent authority to give consent. The panel upheld the denial of a motion to suppress where a resident of the searched premises had apparent authority to consent to the search of a gun case found in the home, noting that the gun case was in plain view on a shelf in the living room and that the third-party resident gave police consent to search it.