NYTimes: Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too.

NYTimes: Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too. by Katie Rogers:
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M.D.Tenn.: Retired cop and current FOP member was still “neutral and detached” non-lawyer magistrate

The court declines to find a retired police officer acting as a non-lawyer judicial commissioner in issuing search warrants was not neutral and detached. His social media and socialization with police and remaining an FOP member aren’t enough, but maybe he should “reconsider” all that. United States v. Carter, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81123 (M.D.Tenn. June 22, 2016):
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Boston Globe: The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

Boston Globe: The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone by Jeff Jacoby:
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Hot Air: The Fourth Amendment wasn’t created to protect the guilty

Hot Air: The Fourth Amendment wasn’t created to protect the guilty by Jazz Shaw:
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N.D.Ga.: Running away from the getaway car is an abandonment

Officers had probable cause to search defendant’s car for DNA and other evidence connecting it to a bank robbery that the car was connected to. Aside from that, everybody in the car fled when it was stopped, and that’s an abandonment. Defendant argued that closing the doors wasn’t abandonment, but the court sees the car essentially as a disposable [my word, not the court’s] getaway car because the occupants switched cars. It was left unlocked with a window down. United States v. Hill, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81286 (N.D.Ga. March 28, 2016), adopted 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80932 (N.D. Ga. June 22, 2016):
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S.D.Fla.: Asking a question about a debit card during a plain view not unreasonable

The police were called to defendant’s apartment by a “scream filled 911 call” needing an ambulance. Once inside, in plain view, officers saw a debit card with a name that didn’t belong to the occupants. Asking about it did not violate plain view. Officers already had at least reasonable suspicion something was up with the card. United States v. Dabrezil, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190812 (S.D.Fla. Nov. 27, 2013):
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OH8: SW for “Apt. #1” with white door was valid where there was only one with a white door, albeit No. 3, and officers were directed by color of door

The description of the apartment with the white door on the corner of the building, “Apt. #1,” proved incorrect because Apt. #3 was the only one with a white door. The officers executing the warrant were directed to the one with the white door, not No. 1, and the warrant was sufficient. At any rate, it is saved by the good faith exception. State v. Jones, 2016-Ohio-4565, 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 2401 (8th Dist. June 23, 2016).

Defendant’s speeding justified his stop, and the officer found him under the influence. City of Cleveland Heights v. Brisbane, 2016-Ohio-4564, 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 2395 (8th Dist. June 23, 2016).*

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D.P.R.: Criminal 4A violation proved by LEO being lookout on duty for robbery of recent ATF arrestee’s home

Defendant was a Puerto Rico police officer on a task force with the ATF. He worked the 4 pm to midnight shift, and he was involved as a police lookout to enable a condominium robbery to occur. He was convicted of conspiring to violate civil rights, 18 U.S.C. § 241, namely the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. He admitted the first element and challenged that the Fourth Amendment was involved or that his action as a lookout was state action. The court disagreed. The target of the robbery was a recent ATF arrestee, and the purpose was to steal his property that ATF learned he had. Moreover, he was on duty at the time he was the lookout to warn the robbers inside if police came by. Judgment of acquittal denied. United States v. Martinez-Mercado, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81129 (D.P.R. June 17, 2016):
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OH4: Consent sought after telling def she was “good to go” was not the result of an unreasonable detention

Consent to search sought after the defendant was told she was “good to go” was not the result of an unreasonable detention and was consensual. State v. Davis, 2016-Ohio-3539, 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 2376 (4th Dist. June 14, 2016).

Nervousness of everybody in the car, inconsistent stories, and a blood stained napkin consistent with IV drug use was reasonable suspicion to continue the stop for a drug dog. State v. Balanik, 2016-Ohio-3511, 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 2357 (11th Dist. June 20, 2016).*

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D.Md.: Fact the SW sought drugs necessarily permits a detailed search of small places; doesn’t make it a general warrant

The fact the search warrant sought drugs necessarily permits a detailed search of small places, but that doesn’t make it a general warrant. The good faith exception applies, too. United States v. Minnick, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80897 (D.Md. June 21, 2016):
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