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Granger Gridley, DePaul University College of Law, Class of 2022, Wins Criminal Appeal.​​

​In his assigned case in the Criminal Appeals Clinic in the fall of 2020, Granger Gridley argued on behalf of our client that the trial court erred in denying a pre-trial motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence because the police did not have probable cause to arrest based on an officer’s observation of a single exchange of money for an unknown object. On December 6, 2021, the appellate court issued an opinion agreeing with our position in People v. Freeman, 2021 IL App (1st) 200053. The court found that the officer’s observation gave him grounds for an investigatory stop, but not the warrantless search he conducted. Because the State could not prove the charges without the improperly seized evidence, the court reversed the conviction outright.​​​