ubu wrote:You have the right to refuse search if they have not witnessed "criminal activity," period. So your other friend had the right to refuse search after being stopped for speeding.
If he was on a reservation (and it sounded like he was) we have to remember that for the most part, it's a different country with different laws. The search laws may be the same, but they may be different as well.
Remember all the dire warnings from JRS about speeding on the res? We used that to our advantage a few years ago by placing a large sign with a joke about a friend - just as you turn off the 80 onto the 447, as you're entering a 25 mph school zone. A friend lives on the corner, and helped us put up the sign. Sadly, it was removed a few hours before he drove by. Seems that the Paiute Nation doesn't share our sence of humor.