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UPDATED: Powell search warrant ruled legal, voyeurism case moves forward

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 24, 2012 at 6:39 am with 10 Comments »
April 24, 2012 9:31 am


A Pierce County Superior Court judge ruled that law enforcement officers did have probable cause to search Steven Powell’s house and the evidence seized can be used at trial.

Before issuing his decision, Judge Ronald Culpepper recounted the facts of Susan Cox Powell’s disappearance. The judge said law enforcement made a “very reasonable inference” that Josh Powell was involved in his wife’s mysterious disappearance.


Steven Powell will learn this morning whether a search warrant used to go through his South Hill-area home last year – and the evidence collected as a result – was valid.

A ruling for Powell, the father-in-law of Susan Cox Powell, would likely prompt prosecutors to dismiss the 15 charges against him.

A ruling for prosecutors would mean Powell’s voyeurism and possession of child pornography case marches forward toward trial next month.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper is expected to deliver his decision at 9 a.m.Read more here:

Culpepper heard arguments Monday on whether law enforcement had probable cause to search Powell’s home.


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  1. Justice is served!

  2. Wrapper98439 says:

    The guy knew he had pictures, if indeed he actually took them, so why did he not take off when they took his computers? Maybe because the pictures were not there when the police entered the house? Maybe Josh took them. Maybe the Pierce County Drone took the pictures from outside his window. Where are all of the conspiracy theory people and the ACLU?

  3. Finally…now maybe the truth will come out and the Cox family can get the answers they deserve!!

  4. dirtydan54 says:

    Pretty bold of the trial court to rule contrary to established jurisprudence of law regarding search warrants in regards to this particular matter. Wonder is Steven Powell was named on the search warrant. If not, this trial court decision will be overturned on appeal according to the aforementioned.

    Pierce Co. judicial corruption at it’s best.

  5. BOLD hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm seems to me that the guy is a huge pervert and was sick or better yet is sick I really can’t belive that some of you belive this family is ok and what Josh did Is ok They all are sick I have seen only one family member say anything on behalf of the Cox’s and by the time this is said and done sorry to say but know we will never know where Susan is and if he is so inocent why hasn’t his daughter bailed him out yet with that money from insurance HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM makes you think again And as far as using the they we’re abused as kids is a huge cop out I was abused and I don’t do this stuff I got away from my abusers so what’s the excuse now

  6. birdbraino1 says:

    Too bad,the judicial proported system that is allegedly nonpartisan is partisan, because there is plenty over-reaching conducted in most all cases, to serve the political righteousness of the politically correct. The accused, nor the accusations are not condoned, however, the search warrant probably did not include any and everything the law enforcement personnel had in their vision/mind, to search. More often than not, public opines will prevail in the courthouse or the ballot box. There is no such thing as justice. It is more illusory than fact. It matters not that he is a “‘super freak,” if the laws state he should be released, then such is the case. However, Washington State criminalizes everything, and before too long everyone in the Country will have a criminal record(s). “We” have to be very careful about how the Constitution is trampled over. Judges are more political than the legislators. I Have heard, that “We” have more people incarcerated than any other Nation in the world combined.

  7. Wrapper98439 says:

    I think you have to dig deep to find someone who believes the guy is innocent, but there are rules in place about how the police can search a place, and when. They said they were looking for a diary. They found the diary. If you have pot on the table, it is admissible as being in sight when they searched. The files on the computer were not.

  8. skippythedog says:

    Now we need a hearing on whether or not he can waterboarded to get some answers

  9. Wrapper98439 The police did not go beyond the scope of the original search warrant. While the request for all digital copies is may have been over reaching, but Steven Powell opened that can of worms himself when he claimed that Susan was in love with HIM. Perhaps there were additional communications between the two that could help find out what happened to her.
    As far drones are concerned taking these pictures, what about all the pictures he had taken of Susan that she was not aware they were being taken?
    Steven Powell is most likely so arrogant that he did not think the police would search his house and did not want to get rid of his fantasy stash.

  10. What a bunch of venom on these threads. It makes an observer like me wonder whether a bunch of the commenters “doth protest too much.” The perverts who get away with preying on children are frequently the same ones condemning perverts.

    I hope the defense attorneys seek intermediate review by the Supreme Court due to the novel (I think) question of whether a search warrant for one thing can be expanded to include unrelated things not in plain sight. I’m betting it was the completely inadmissible “evidence” from Utah that gave them the notion to grab computers.

    Pierce County prosecutors wasting more money on a dead case. Why? Because it isn’t their money paying for it.

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