Push to Suppress Evidence in Girls Gone Wild Case

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PANAMA CITY, FL (AP) -- The defense is seeking to suppress more than 700 items of evidence in the "Girls Gone Wild" case in Panama City.

Lawyers for Joseph Francis have asked a judge to suppress all evidence gathered in searches of condos, vehicles and aircraft associated with the case.

A hearing on the issue is scheduled for July 21st.

Francis was arrested in April 2003 and charged with more than 40 criminal offenses. The arrest came after two 17-year-old girls said a "Girls Gone Wild" photographer videotaped them in sexual
situations in a Panama City Beach motel room the month before Francis' arrest.

A day after the girls made the report, officers raided the rooms with signed warrants.

But the defense says most officers never saw the search warrant and didn't know what they were looking for.