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    Had a conversation with judge Brian Wimes, Jackson County circuit judge, about OC.

    Brian Wimes, a Jackson County circuit court judge in Division 18, came into my criminal law class as a guest speaker. So, I took the opportunity to approach him after class for some perspective on the stop and ID or terry stop debate. For the most part he suggested the same conclusion most of us had come to. To require ID or a terry stop the officer needs reasonable suspicion. He did give some sway regarding officer discretion; however, he maintained that having a gun where it is legal to do so does not constitute reason to stop and ID.

    I know this isn't new information for most of us but it is nice to know a local judges feel the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Not denying his integrity or commitment to his viewpoint/law. But, will he hold the same opinion as official when he is on the bench? Off the record conversations are just that off the record. Does this judge have any documented court cases to validate that he does what he told you? I'd be very interested to read those cases and the reasoning for adjudicating one way or the other.
    As this was an impromptu conversation, I don't have any validation on his stance. Also, he is a trial court judge and the conversation was one on one. There is no logical reason why he wouldn't have been honest in his opinion. I agree, theres no telling how he would rule on the bench, but there are many more variables than just judges opinion that sway any given case, so it is kind of a moot point. Now as for any existing case documents or law on the matter of OC regionally would be interesting to read; however, I don't know of any.
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