Split decision upholds original ruling
SALEM, Ore. -- A police search that turned up marijuana in Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire's former Lake Oswego house three years ago was illegal, a split Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
The decision was 5-5, upholding the original ruling that the warrantless search violated Stoudamire's constitutional rights and that the seized drug couldn't be used as evidence.
Stoudamire was charged with felony possession of more than 150 grams of marijuana after Lake Oswego police responded to reports of a burglar alarm at Stoudamire's house on Feb. 23, 2002.
The front door of the house was ajar when police arrived. Officers searched the house for intruders and said they found about a pound of marijuana in an attic storage area.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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