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State v. Ray Burgess, No. 13-278 (April 29, 2016)
After his motion to suppress was denied, the defendant, Ray Burgess, was convicted of one count of possession of cocaine. On appeal, the defendant argued that the trial justice erred in denying his motion to suppress. Accepting the state’s concession that the police immediately arrested the defendant upon his emergence from a restaurant, the Supreme Court held that the motion to suppress should have been granted because the arrest was not supported by probable cause where the tip from a first-time informant who police had discovered was the subject of an outstanding warrant was devoid of predictive detail and failed to indicate the informant’s basis of knowledge of the alleged criminal activity and where police failed to corroborate or independently investigate the bare-bones tip. Accordingly, the Court vacated the defendant’s conviction.