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Order Granting Motion for Return of Seized Property With Clerk's Stamp

Order Granting Motion for Return of Seized Property With Clerk's Stamp

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFGREENECOUNTY,ALABAMAINRE:)
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SEARCHWARRANTFOR)GREENETRACK,INC.)~4COUNTYROAD2M)EUTAW,ALABAMA)DATEDMAY31,2011)ISSUEDTOLT.MIKEREESE)
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WARRANTISSUEDBY)GREENECOUNTYSPECIAL)CIRCUITJUDGE)HOUSTON
L.
BROWN)ORDERGRANTINGMOTIONFORRETURNOFSEIZEDPROPERTY
OnoraboutJune2.2011.THESTATEOFALABAMAexecutedaSearchWarrantonthepremisesknownasGREENETRACK,INC.inEutaw,GreeneCounty,Alabama.TheSearchWarrantwasissuedbythisCourtonMay31,2011.DuringitsexecutionoftheSearchWarrantTHESTATEOFALABAMAseizedvariousitemsofproperty,includingmachineswhichwereallegedtobe"slotmachines"byofficialsofTHESTATEOFALABAMAABCBoardandAttorneyGeneral'sOffice,FollowingtheexecutionoftheSearchWarrant,GREENETRACK.INC.fileditsMotionforReturnofSeizedPropertypursuanttoRule3.13,AlabamaRulesofCriminalProcedure,alongwiththefilingofseveralotherMotionsforReturnofSeizedPropertybyotherentitiesclaiminganinterestinandtosomeoftheseizedproperty.ThisCourtentereditsOrderonoraboutJune13,2011,settingahearingonthevariousMotionsforReturnofSeized
 
PropertyonJuly6,20IIat9:00a.m.attheCourthouseintheCityofEutaw.GreeneCounty,Alabama.PriortothetimeofthecommencementofthehearingsetbythisCourtontheMotionsfirstreferredtoabove,allofthepartiesclaiminganinterestinandtovariousitemsofpropertyseizedduringtheexecutionoftheSearchWarrantatGREENETRACK,INC.withdrewtheirMotionsleavingonlytheMotionofGREENETRACK,INC.,tobeheardatsaidhearing.Thehearingcommencedaftertheconclusionofahearingonseveralpre-hearingMotionswhichrulingsareapartoftherecordoftheseproceedings.THESTATEOFALABAMAandGREENETRACK,INC.wererepresentedbytheirrespectiveCounselwhowerepresentinCourtandparticipatedinthehearingonsaidMotion.TheCourtheardthesworn
oretenus
testimonyofJudgeEddieHardaway,Jr.,CircuitJudgefortheSeventeenthJudicialCircuitofAlabama,LieutenantGaryMichaelReeseoftheAlabamaBeverageControlBoard,RichardAllen,Esquire,ChiefDeputyAttorneyGeneralforTHESTATEOFALABAMA.HenryT.Reagan,Esquire,DeputyAttorneyGeneralforTHESTATEOFALABAMAandDesmondC.Ladner.GREENETRACK,INC.contendsthatthelawenforcementagentwhosubmittedtheaffidavitinsupportofthesearchwarrantincludedstatementsandinformationinhisaffidavitandotherwisewhichwerefalseandmisleadingandwhichweremadewitharecklessdisregardforthetruth.Thus,GREENETRACK,INC.contends,ifthisCourtstrikesthefalseandmisleadingportions,nothingislefttosupportafindingofprobablecause.GREENETRACKINC.alsocontendsthatthesearchwarrantviolates
Alabama
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RuleofCriminalProcedure
3.7.Forthereasonssetforthherein,GREENETRACK,INC.'sMotionisduetobeGRANTED.
It
iswell-establishedthatawarrantaffidavitmustsetforthparticularfactsandcircumstancesestablishingtheexistenceofprobablecauseinordertoallowaneutralanddetachedmagistratetomakeanindependentevaluationofthematter.Probablecausedoesnotrequireanofficertocompileanairtightcase.Instead,itdealswiththeprobableconsequencesofallthelegitimatefactsconsideredasawhole.Theprobablecausetestdoesnotdealincertainties,butinprobabilities.TheUnitedStatesSupremeCourthasrecognizedthattheprobabilitiesarenottechnicalinnature,but"theyarethefactualandpracticalconsiderationsofeverydaylifeonwhichreasonableandprudentmen,notlegaltechnicians,act."
Illinois
v.
Gates,
462U.S.213(1983).UnderAlabamalaw,asearchwarrantcanonlybeissuedbaseduponprobablecausesupportedbyanaffidavit.Theprobablecausetestrequiresapractical,commonsensedecisionwhether,givenallthecircumstancessetforthintheaffidavit,thereisprobablecausetobelievethesuspectcommittedanoffense.
Id.
WhentheFourthAmendmentrequiresafactualshowingtoestablishprobablecause,theCourtexpectsandassumesthatthefactualshowingwillbeatruthfulone.Thetruthfulnessoftheaffidavitsupportingprobablecauseisessentialtooursystemofjustice.Inlightofthetestimonypresentedatthehearingandhavingreviewedtheaffidavitandtheadditional
exparte
representationsmadeinchambersbyLieutenantGaryMichaelReese(thelawenforcementagentrequestingthewarrant)andDesmondLadner
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