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Judge Says Coast Guard Had Authority To Board, Search Vessel Without Warrant

Mealey's (September 3, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT) -- MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge in Alabama on Sept. 2 denied a motion to suppress evidence filed by defendants indicted for obstructing the U.S. Coast Guard’s investigation of unlawful discharges of oily mixtures and intentional falsification of a vessel’s Oil Record Book (ORB), finding that the Coast Guard has the authority to board and search a vessel without a warrant (United States of America v. DSD Shipping A.S., et al., No. 15-cr-00102-CG-B, S.D. Ala.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116865).

(Order available. Document #08-150911-012R.)

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