TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
An appeal court has upheld the use of child pornography as evidence after it was found during a luggage search at Pensacola's airport.
A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said its
unanimous ruling Tuesday, Dec. 21 is the first of its kind.
Federal courts have rejected evidence found in two similar
searches, but the Florida judges wrote that there's a key
difference in this case.
A Transportation Security Administration agent testified she
examined the Pensacola luggage only for explosives and weapons when she discovered the pornographic material.
In the other cases, agents ceased looking for explosives or
weapons and refocused their searches on pornography or cash and