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Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 11:54am

Appeals Court Sides With Thomas County Police

A federal appeals court says an arrest by Georgia authorities across the state line in Florida was not unconstitutional because they had probable cause to make the arrest. Raymond Thomas Goings Jr. of Thomasville, Ga., sentenced to 20 years for drug violations, claimed narcotics evidence found on him after a high-speed chase should have been suppressed because Thomas County police broke Florida law when they chased him across the state line into Leon County. A federal judge found that under a Supreme Court ruling it was irrelevant for purposes of Goings' due-process claim whether the arrest violated state law, as long as it was supported by probable cause. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision Tuesday.