Huff v. Reichert has been settled by Collinsville for $100,000.
After listening to the audio from the arguments at the Seventh Circuit, I understand why they settled.
The panel really questioned the officer’s attorney, doubting almost everything that he said, after pointing out that he had cited a case which had been subsequently overturned. The exact quote was that the case cited “had been overruled on precisely this ground.” Ouch. That is not good. That hurts. That hurts like watching Mazeroski’s Game 7 walk off home run, if you’re a Yankee’s fan.
And everytime that the attorney stated his position, a judge was shooting it down. Why did Reichert pat down Huff and his passenger? What reasonable suspicion did he have? How does this even begin to be a valid search? Etc.
I also noticed that Huff’s attorney was only asked one question, not related to the facts of the case.
I think that Huff could have held out for more.