No Probable Cause In Vlick’s 1980 Drug Arrest?


I’m not a lawyer, I just watch the commercials late at night.

I was clearing out some old bookmarks/favorites and decided to give this laborious legal document another chance. Warning! Reading that document will give you a headache LOL.

This is about the 1980 case of William Vlick, allegedly a supplier for Joy at Wonderland. He lived a couple streets over with his old lady, Barb McKee. Joy is not mentioned, so she must have been charged separately(?).

Judge Newman read and considered the search warrants, heard oral argument and granted the motion holding as a matter of law that the affidavits did not establish probable cause to support issuance of the warrants.

I wonder what the weak evidence was in getting the search warrant that made Newman dismiss the complaint against Vlick and McKee?

However, the Superior Court judge reversed Newman’s decision on the same day, January 20, 1981. Hello Newman!

California Penal Code 871:

If, after hearing the proofs, it appears either that no public
offense has been committed or that there is not sufficient cause to
believe the defendant guilty of a public offense, the magistrate
shall order the complaint dismissed and the defendant to be
discharged, by an indorsement on the depositions and statement,
signed by the magistrate, to the following effect: "There being no
sufficient cause to believe the within named A. B. guilty of the
offense within mentioned, I order that the complaint be dismissed and
that he or she shall be discharged.

The preliminary hearing was had before Judge Cherniss on May 6, 1981; motion to suppress pursuant to section 1538.5 was heard and denied, and petitioners were held to answer. Thereafter in the superior court petitioners moved under section 995, Penal Code to dismiss the information on the ground the superior court (Judge Leetham) had no jurisdiction to hear the motion under section 871.5, Penal Code. The motion was denied by Judge Kakita.

I wonder how much time was served by these two? Only a couple years… if I had to guess. I doubt that a 5o-something year old drug dealer just all of a sudden goes clean, works hard for some years and retires to Vegas to live out his golden years at a house with a pool. People who work hard all of their lives often cannot afford a backyard pool.

Below is the getaway car… a Ford LTD. C’mon! I just saw a Ford Granada on the road the other day, so I know they could have found one for the movie! I’m surprised Tracy had any money left after filling up the gas tank in this big beautiful beast! I doubt Holmes chipped in, since he had to pay his editors.

Let's get outta here!

Let’s get outta here!

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