73 F.3d 825 (8th Cir. 1996), 95-3085, United States v. Deanda

Docket Nº:95-3085, 95-3086, 95-3189, and 95-3206.
Citation:73 F.3d 825
Party Name:UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Ben Nouglas DEANDA, Edward Contrell Sample, Edmond Clyde Sample, and Jerome Edward Wiley, Appellants.
Case Date:January 16, 1996
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

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73 F.3d 825 (8th Cir. 1996)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee,

v.

Ben Nouglas DEANDA, Edward Contrell Sample, Edmond Clyde

Sample, and Jerome Edward Wiley, Appellants.

Nos. 95-3085, 95-3086, 95-3189, and 95-3206.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

January 16, 1996

Submitted Jan. 9, 1996.

Stuart Vess, N. Little Rock, AR, argued (Charles L. Carpenter, Phillip McGough and Claibourne C. Crews, on the brief), for appellant.

Linda Lipe, Little Rock, AR, argued, for appellee.

Before RICHARD S. ARNOLD, Chief Judge, BOWMAN, Circuit Judge, and JONES, [*] District Judge.

RICHARD S. ARNOLD, Chief Judge.

The appellants, Ben Nouglas Deanda, Edward Contrell Sample, Edmond Clyde Sample, and Jerome Edward Wiley, all entered conditional pleas of guilty to drug offenses. On this appeal, they challenge the decision of the District Court 1 to deny their motion to suppress evidence.

In the main, the appeal presents only issues of fact. The District Court decided that the appellant Wiley voluntarily opened the door of his house to officers, and thereafter voluntarily consented to the search of his

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house. These findings were based on the District Court's determination that the testimony of the officers was more credible than that of the defendants. The findings are not clearly erroneous. Nor was any error of law committed. The officers, acting on an anonymous tip, knocked on Wiley's door and asked to come in. Wiley willingly let them in. The officers did not enter with a display of force or otherwise in a coercive manner. They did not demand or obtain entry under authority of law. They simply knocked on the door and were let in...

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