A-50 September Term 2021 084493.

296 A.3d 480 (2023)

254 N.J. 308

STATE of New Jersey, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Cornelius C. COHEN, Defendant-Appellant.

Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Decided June 22, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Raymond L. Hamlin argued the cause for appellant (Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley, attorneys; Raymond L. Hamlin, Newark, of counsel and on the briefs).

Sarah C. Hunt , Deputy Attorney General, argued the cause for respondent ( Matthew J. Platkin , Attorney General, attorney; Sarah C. Hunt, of counsel and on the briefs).

Austin J. Howard , Assistant Deputy Public Defender, argued the cause for amicus curiae Public Defender of New Jersey ( Joseph E. Krakora , Public Defender, attorney; Austin J. Howard, of counsel and on the brief).

Alexander Shalom argued the cause for amicus curiae American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Foundation, attorneys; Alexander Shalom, Newark, and Jeanne LoCicero , on the brief).

Dillon J. McGuire argued the cause for amicus curiae Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, attorneys; CJ Griffin , of counsel and on the brief, and Dillon J. McGuire, Hackensack, on the brief).

In this case, we consider whether the odor of marijuana in a vehicle authorizes a search of the engine compartment and trunk under the automobile exception to the warrant requirement.

After receiving a tip from a confidential informant that defendant Cornelius Cohen regularly traveled...


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