Docket No. 108089.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellant v.
ANTHONY OLIVER, Appellee.
Opinion filed March 18, 2010.
JUSTICE KILBRIDE delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Garman,
Karmeier, and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
The issue in this appeal is whether a police officer’s request to
search the trunk of a driver’s vehicle, following the consensual search
of its interior after a valid traffic stop, violates defendant’s
constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and
seizures (U.S. Const., amend. IV; Ill. Const. 1970, art. I, §6). The
circuit court of Henry County denied defendant’s motion to suppress
the evidence recovered from his vehicle’s trunk. Ultimately,
defendant was convicted of two controlled-substance offenses. A
majority of the appellate court reversed, concluding that defendant
was subjected to an unlawful seizure when the officer requested to
search the trunk. 387 Ill. App. 3d 1045, 1052. For the reasons that
follow, we reverse the judgment of the appellate court and affirm the