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This Traveling Oral Argument will not be webcast live because it will not take place in the Court of Appeals Courtroom. Video of the event will become available within about one week after the hearing. See Oral Arguments Online for video.

Christy Cinamon has filed this interlocutory appeal challenging the Greene Superior Court’s order denying her motion to suppress evidence obtained when police officers searched her purse. Specifically, while searching Donald Stelezel’s home with his consent after arresting resident Stephanie Hawkins, law enforcement officers observed Cinamon’s purse on the floor next to the couch in the living room. Cinamon was a guest in the residence. While Cinamon was outside the residence, an officer searched Cinamon’s purse and found a rolled-up wash cloth. The officer unrolled the cloth and found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. A debit card with Cinamon’s name was also found in the purse. Cinamon was allowed to re-enter the home to use the restroom. After she exited the restroom, the officer asked Cinamon if the purse belonged to her. Cinamon, who was not given any Miranda warnings, admitted that the purse was hers. 

Cinamon was charged with Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Cinamon filed a motion to suppress the evidence obtained during the search of her purse and argued that the search violated her rights under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and her Article 1, Section 11 rights under the Indiana Constitution. The trial court denied her motion and Cinamon has filed this interlocutory appeal.

The scheduled panelists are Judge May, Judge Altice, and Judge Weissmann. 

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