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S.D.N.Y.: OFAC sanction blocking transaction wasn’t a 4A seizure

The Office of Foreign Asset Control’s sanctions for certain transactions that results in a block of the transaction wasn’t a Fourth Amendment seizure. US VC Partners GP LLC v. United States Dep’t of the Treasury, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170713 … Continue reading

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MS: Def’s evasiveness during a patdown justified it being more intrusive

Defendant’s evasiveness during a patdown justified it being more intrusive. “Casey’s argument seemingly ignores the circumstances that led to the retrieval of the drugs. First, as Deputy Putnam began his first attempt at a weapons pat-down, Casey suddenly took his … Continue reading

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NM & N.D.Iowa: Arrest or stop after NCIC check was reasonable

Defendant’s arrest after an NCIC check showed warrants for him was reasonable. State v. Widmer, 2020 N.M. App. LEXIS 41 (Sept. 15, 2020). To the same effect is United States v. Bullock, 020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170229 (N.D. Iowa Aug. … Continue reading

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Massachusetts SJC revises and loosens its standard for claiming racial motivation for traffic stops under state constitution

Massachusetts SJC revises and loosens its standard for claiming racial motivation for traffic stops under state constitution. Commonwealth v. Long, 2020 Mass. LEXIS 520 (Sept. 17, 2020):

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CA10: EPA subpoena to determine cost of cleanup was within agency jurisdiction and was reasonable

An EPA subpoena to determine whether this mine could pay for the cost of a cleanup was within the agency’s jurisdiction and valid and did not violate the Fourth Amendment. United States v. United Park City Mines Co., 2020 U.S. … Continue reading

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CA11: Officers executing a SW at a house can approach an occupied car parked out front

“The district court did not err by denying Turner’s motion to suppress. Delgado was entitled, ‘without any level of suspicion,’ to approach a car in a dangerous locale with an unknown number of occupants parked near a residence where he … Continue reading

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E.D.Tex.: Def’s attempts to distinguish Hudson and no ER for knock-and-announce fails

Defendant’s efforts to distinguish Hudson and its refusal to apply the exclusionary rule to knock-and-announce violations fail. United States v. Pyles, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169623 (E.D. Tex. Sept. 16, 2020). Petitioner gets a CoA on the following habeas issue: … Continue reading

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WaPo: Louisville agrees to $12 million payout and policing changes in pact with family

WaPo: Louisville agrees to $12 million payout and policing changes in pact with family of Breonna Taylor, killed in police raid by Tim Craig & Marisa Iati (“The city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement Tuesday with the family … Continue reading

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WaPo: Safety and ethics worries sidelined a ‘heat ray’ for years. The feds asked about using it on protesters.

WaPo: Safety and ethics worries sidelined a ‘heat ray’ for years. The feds asked about using it on protesters. by Tim Elfrink (“Every few years since 2001, the military has invited reporters to get zapped by a ‘heat ray.’ The … Continue reading

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CA3: Merely pleading snitches are unreliable isn’t a Franks offer of proof

“Rodriguez-Colon does not meet this [Franks] requirement. His challenge contains no offer of proof and merely questions the general reliability of confidential sources. For instance, he argued to the District Court that if granted a hearing, “[i]t is anticipated that … Continue reading

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TX: SW to draw blood in DUI case allows testing for BAC

A search warrant to draw defendant driver’s blood included the ability to test it for BAC. But not anything else, such as genetic information, but that’s not the issue. Crider v. State, 2020 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 612 (Sept. 16, … Continue reading

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CA7: CHA security guard not state action

A security guard employed by the Chicago Housing Authority was not a state actor. There is already precedent in this circuit. United States v. Green, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 29421 (7th Cir. Sept. 16, 2020). The SDNY searched defendant’s emails … Continue reading

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MA: SnapChat video of def with a firearm two days before SW was PC

A SnapChat video of defendant with a gun two days earlier was probable cause for a search warrant. Commonwealth v. Watkins, 2020 Mass. App. LEXIS 139 (Sept. 16, 2020). “Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint asserts a Fourth Amendment claim for unreasonable search … Continue reading

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Argus Leader: Federal judge awards thousands to those forcibly catheterized for urine samples

Argus Leader: Federal judge awards thousands to those forcibly catheterized for urine samples by Danielle Ferguson (“A federal judge has approved a settlement to individuals who were unconstitutionally made to provide urine samples for suspected drug use through forced catheterizations. … Continue reading

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TX9: Officer didn’t smell MJ in car until he unreasonably opened car door; suppression affirmed

“Deferring to the trial court’s findings of fact and viewing the evidence in a light most favorable to the trial court’s ruling, as we must, the trial court could have reasonably concluded from the evidence at the suppression hearing that … Continue reading

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TX4: Illegal stop claim was waived for failure to present to trial court

Defendant’s illegal stop claim for having an open container in San Antonio wasn’t presented in the trial court so it’s waived. Sowers v. State, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 7473 (Tex. App. – San Antonio Sept. 16, 2020).* “This Fourth Amendment … Continue reading

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