Author Archives: Hall

D.Minn.: Actual knowledge of jail calls being recorded isn’t required because of inmate handbook, signs on wall, and the sounds on the phone call

Testimony of actual knowledge that non-attorney jail calls would be recorded isn’t required. The inmate handbook, signs by the jail phone, and a notice in the call itself tell inmates that. United States v. Strother, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6185 … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Def in MCC now prosecuted for leaking classified SW information via contraband cell phone

Defendant is being prosecuted in part for leaking protected search warrant and classified search warrant materials to the press from contraband cell phones in the MCC, Manhattan. This opinion is about disclosure of defenses and evidence. United States v. Schulte, … Continue reading

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CA8: Officer’s training and experience not needed in SW affidavit if it shows PC

The facts in the affidavit for images on defendant’s cell phone were enough for probable cause. The officer did not have to detail his training and experience in sex assault cases, too. The alleged Franks violation, even if it was, … Continue reading

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CA10: Walking up to def sitting on parked car to talk to him wasn’t a stop

Walking up to defendant sitting on his parked car and talking to him, without blocking the path of the car and no police lights, was not a seizure. State v. McCall, 2020-Ohio-84, 2020 Ohio App. LEXIS 69 (10th Dist. Jan. … Continue reading

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VA: Running the serial number of a seized firearm isn’t a “search”

When defendant got out of the car, the officer could see the butt of a gun sticking from his coat pocket, so a frisk was reasonable for officer safety. Looking at the serial number and then running it to see … Continue reading

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NY Times: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

NY Times: The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It by Kashmir Hill A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or … Continue reading

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NJ: State failed to show exigency for warrantless phone records search

Under New Jersey statute and constitution, cell phone records and CSLI required a showing of probable cause and a court order since 2010. Exigent circumstances were a recognized exception, and the state failed to show exigency here. State v. Manning, … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: The unusually talkative have no special right to be Mirandized

“Because the officers knew that he had a tendency to talk about the case, Williams-Bey argues, Officer Roddy should have given him his Miranda warnings, rather than entertaining his question. Again, Williams-Bey provides no legal authority to support this contention.” … Continue reading

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AL applies GFE to CSLI 2½ years before Carpenter

CSLI obtained by court order, but without showing probable cause, nearly three years before Carpenter was all in good faith. Watson v. State, 2020 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 4 (Jan. 10, 2020). Defendant’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim against counsel … Continue reading

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CT: No REP in jail letter to def’s mother with admission

Defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights weren’t violated by corrections officers copying a letter to his mother with an admission then turning it over to law enforcement officers. He had no privacy interest in his mail that society would recognize. The claim … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Defendant in prior dismissed federal action by state consumer protection agency refiled in state court won’t prevent state from using evidence obtained for that action

The state sued in federal court for relief, and it got a TRO, but the claim was later dismissed. Copies of records were made and originals returned. After the state sued in state court, the defendants sought application of the … Continue reading

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WTOP: DC police officers say raising serious concerns led to retaliation

WTOP: DC police officers say raising serious concerns led to retaliation by Mike Murillo:

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