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FL Supreme Court upholds evidence exclusion in Lake Wales case
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FL Supreme Court upholds evidence exclusion in Lake Wales case

Tallahassee, FL (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has refused to back off from a prior ruling that excludes evidence obtained by police if they knock on a suspect's door but fail to announce why they are there.

The 4-2 decision Thursday, Dec. 9 came in the case of Kathy Jo Cable who was arrested in 2007 at a motel in Lake Wales.

A Polk County deputy announced who he was when he knocked but failed to say he had a warrant for her arrest for failure to appear on a drug possession charge. Once inside he found methamphetamine that resulted in a drug trafficking charge against Cable.

The high court ruled the methamphetamine had to excluded as evidence, citing a 1964 decision in a similar case.

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