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QI for probation searches

People For the American Way: Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Two Trump Circuit Judges Rule that There is No Remedy for a Violation of a Homeowner’s Privacy Rights by Elliot Mincberg discussing this case: CA6: Officer spent 90 minutes at plaintiff’s … Continue reading

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NJ: SW for financial crimes on a computer didn’t authorize opening .jpegs

A search warrant for financial crimes on a computer didn’t authorize opening picture files. Child pornography was found. The lack of sophistication of the searching officer is no excuse. State v. Harris, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 160 (Nov. 15, 2018). … Continue reading

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LA3: No REP in a jail call to spouse

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a jail call to defendant’s wife. State v. Ducote, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 2297 (La. App. 3 Cir. Nov. 15, 2018).* No reasonable suspicion for extending a stop for no proof of … Continue reading

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NJ: Cell phone password not 5A privileged on this record

Defendant’s forced disclosure of his iPhone password didn’t violate the Fifth Amendment because his knowledge of that information was a foregone conclusion on this record. State v. Andrews, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 159 (Nov. 15, 2018):

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D.Minn.: RS supported a protective sweep even though it turned out that all people there were accounted for

“Given the existence of articulable facts and inferences to support a reasonable belief that an additional person on the scene could pose a danger to them, the protective sweep of the house was constitutional. ‘[T]hough hindsight reveals that the officers … Continue reading

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FL2: State failed to show search of house was within limited scope of def’s consent

Police received a shots fired call involving a duplex. When defendant opened his door, they could see a shell casing and smelled gunpowder from a fired gun. A protective sweep occurred finding nothing. The exigency was over. Defendant gave a … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Def was given guest standing to challenge a knock-and-talk that both sides agree was unreasonable

The knock-and-talk turned into a full scale raid, and the parties agree it was unreasonable. The R&R is rejected that defendant didn’t have standing. “The Court finds that defendant has standing to challenge the police conduct in and near the … Continue reading

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PA: Firing an assault rifle in your house justifies a protective sweep

After defendant fired an assault rifle in his house, the police were called. A protective sweep to see if anyone was injured was reasonable. Commonwealth v. Coughlin, 2018 PA Super 304, 2018 Pa. Super. LEXIS 1221 (Nov. 14, 2018). “‘Probable … Continue reading

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OH2: Plain view of drugs through screen door justified entry

Officers came to an apartment with an arrest warrant. When the door inside was opened, they could see drugs in plain view within five feet of the door. It was reasonable for them to open the screen door to preserve … Continue reading

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OH11: No RS that a cigarette case contained a weapon to justify opening it

Opening a small metal box that was apparently a cigarette case was unreasonable because there was no reasonable suspicion that it contained a weapon. State v. Luther, 2018-Ohio-4568, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 4887 (11th Dist. Nov. 13, 2018). Defendant’s guilty … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Second SW cured defects in first

First search warrant probably violated the Fourth Amendment, but another was sought that omitted everything about the first search warrant, including what was found. The second was valid, and the good faith exception applied. United States v. Eggerson, 2018 U.S. … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: Govt oversearched and violated A-C privilege; but it wasn’t really bad enough to warrant sanctions, and govt not using it

The government reviewed attorney-client materials and failed to uphold the standards of DOJ to protect them from review by investigators. Nevertheless, it doesn’t rise high enough to require dismissal of the indictment. The government concedes that it won’t use some … Continue reading

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