SANDPOINT, Idaho -- A northern Idaho judge has ruled that evidence supporting meth and marijuana drug charges against a Ponderay woman can't be used because a police traffic stop turned into a 28-minute interrogation that violated Idaho case law and the U.S. Constitution.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 1st District Judge Barbara Buchanan in April ruled the traffic stop in October was lawful but that the continued detention of Doris Nepa Hays was unconstitutionally extended.
Buchanan ruled that during that time Hays made incriminating statements without first being advised of her constitutional rights.
Buchanan also ruled that Hays' confession was more the result of coercion than free will.
Prosecutors are appealing Buchanan's decision to the Idaho Supreme Court.