Difference Between Anonymous Tip Which Is Observable by a Casual Acquaintance of the Accused and Information Which Is Not
Court Refrained from Distinguishing Between Information from an Anonymous Tip Which is Observable by a Casual Acquaintance of the Accused and Information Which is Not:
In Alabama v. White, a police officer received a telephone call from an anonymous person, stating that White would be leaving a specified apartment at a particular time in a brown Plymouth station wagon with a broken taillight, that she would be going to a specified motel, and that she would be in possession of about an ounce of cocaine inside a brown attache case.
After arriving outside the apartment building, the officer and his partner observed White leave the building, with nothing in her hands, and enter a station wagon similar to the one described.
The officers followed the vehicle as it proceeded along the most direct route towards the specified motel, and stopped it before it reached the motel.
After receiving permission to conduct a search, the officers found a brown attache case.
Upon request, White provided the combination to the lock.
The officers found marijuana inside and placed White under arrest.
A subsequent search revealed cocaine in her purse. In Alabama v. White, the Supreme Court did not effectively distinguish between information contained in an anonymous tip which is readily observable by a casual acquaintance of the accused and information which is not.