Thursday, May 23, 2013

State v. Sheets case brief

State v. Sheets case brief
677 N.E.2d 818

CASE SYNOPSIS: Appellant horse owner challenged a judgment of the Highland County Municipal Court (Ohio), which found him guilty of failing to provide sufficient quantities of food to a horse in violation of Ohio Rev. Code § 959.13.

FACTS: The owner was charged with cruelty to animals for 10 specific horses after authorities searched his farm pursuant to a search warrant. The owner's motion to suppress evidence acquired during the search was denied. The owner pleaded no contest as to nine horses and was convicted as to the tenth. Affirming, the court held that while the affidavit underlying the search warrant relied largely on hearsay evidence, a substantial basis for believing the source of the hearsay was credible and probable cause existed. The information that the owner stated that he did not have the money to feed the horses was corroborated by a videotape showing many of the horses to be in very serious need of nutrition and medical attention. The court found that the fact that nine of the horses were in a pasture located in a different county did not matter as the pasture was part of the owner's farm and in an area in which the owner had no legitimate expectation of privacy.

CONCLUSION: The court affirmed the trial court's judgment.

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