KASSIUS BENSON OBTAINS SUPPRESSION OF EVIDENCE AND DISMISSAL OF MAJOR DRUG CASE
February 16, 2017 – Today, Attorney Kassius Benson and our client “J.D.” obtained a dismissal of a charge of First Degree Possession of Methamphetamine in Mille Lacs County District Court following suppression of all evidence. After fighting the case for 16 months, through 2 days of hearings and intensive briefing, the Court agreed with Mr. Benson that members of the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department conducted an illegal warrantless search of client’s garage, home and property absent lawful consent. Regarding the victory, Senior Counsel Kassius Benson stated, “We were able to demonstrate that law enforcement intended to search J.D.’s house whether or not they had consent. The officers here bullied, pressured and coerced J.D.’s girlfriend to allow access to, and open doors on, the property. The Court made the right call, and suppression of evidence was required. Hopefully, this ruling will have some effect on the future behavior of these officers.” Because of the suppression of the evidence and dismissal of the case, J.D. avoided a prison sentence of over 12 years. Congratulations to J.D., Kassius and Tayler! Great work.