Oregon Court of Appeals rules against evidence obtained in bathroom bust

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SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals says a suspect hiding from police in a public restroom is entitled to privacy.

The decision overturns the 2011 drug conviction of Marvin Lee Holiday where officers unlocked the restroom door when Holiday was allegedly smoking crack inside.

The court ruled that a glass pipe with cocaine residue can’t be used as evidence because it was seized without a warrant.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to retry the case.

The court decision makes a restroom is a “bastion of privacy” even if the restroom is used for an alternative purposes.