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Name: United States v. Washington
Case #: 02-10526
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 11/02/2004

A defendant’s written consent to search is not an intervening event sufficient to purge the taint of an officer’s prior illegal conduct. Acting on a tip of suspected drug activity at a hotel, officers confronted the defendant in his room at the hotel and questioned him about whether he was running a drug lab in the hotel room. Officers entered the room without the defendant’s consent, although he later signed a consent form authorizing a search. After finding that the defendant was not free to leave when he signed the form and that the officers had repeatedly violated his Fourth Amendment rights, the court held that the signing of a consent form is not an intervening act sufficient to purge the taint of the prior illegal conduct. Accordingly, the evidence should have been suppressed.