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NE: Reliance on pre-Birchfield law meant GFE applied

The officer’s objective reliance on pre-Birchfield law meant the good faith exception applied. State v. Nielsen, 301 Neb. 88, 2018 Neb. LEXIS 158 (Sep 15, 2018). Pre-Carpenter CSLI by SCA order without probable cause was the law prior to Carpenter, … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Def parked car near his house but left it in gear with the key in the ignition; it was not abandoned

Defendant did not abandon his car. He parked it at his house and went inside. His dog was still inside. The entry into his car was reasonable under the community caretaking function because it was left in gear, and a … Continue reading

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NE: Shots fired at car led to officers seeing likely kicked in door and blood on doormat and that was exigency

Officers responded to a call about shots fired hitting a car, and, at defendant’s apartment building, defendant and his cohort fled when the police approached. Possible blood was found on his doormat, and the door had a boot mark that … Continue reading

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MA: Violation of a state regulation leading to identifying def juvenile doesn’t warrant suppression

Alleged violation of a state regulation that led to defendant juvenile’s identity didn’t warrant suppression. Suppression would require the statute align with a constitutional requirement. Moreover, there was no police misconduct; indeed, the police did good work here in locating … Continue reading

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OH8: Hard to show prejudice for IAC on not raising a motion to suppress until mid-trial

Defense counsel didn’t file a motion to suppress because she didn’t see a reason for it until testimony at trial revealed the issue. Therefore, the defense made a mid-trial motion to suppress. The trial court denied it on two grounds: … Continue reading

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IL: Not error for court to decline to continue suppression hearing for what would have been merely cumulative evidence having no affect on outcome

It was not error to deny a continuance in a suppression hearing after it started because one officer was unavailable due to a death in the family. The defense didn’t even know what he would testify to when asked, but … Continue reading

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CA11: Tasering elderly man suffering a severe hypoglycemic episode five times and while trying to comply was excessive

“Mr. Glasscox, [an apparently elderly man] who lives with Type 1 diabetes, suffered a severe hypoglycemic episode while driving his pickup truck on Interstate 59 South near the City of Argo, Alabama. His condition caused him to begin driving erratically. … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: The FTC sought an order of production of cell phones and laptops for search in an action for injunction; production not testimonial and PC shown

The FTC sued defendants for injunctive relief and sought an order for production of cell phones and laptop computers. On the first issue of preservation of the Fourth Amendment claim in addition to the clearly asserted Fifth Amendment, the court … Continue reading

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CA5: 2 am knock-and-talk that led to alleged consent and excessive force claim gets no QI

2 a.m. knock and talk may have been unreasonable, and summary judgment for officers is reversed. Plaintiff closed her door and they insisted upon entry. The officers were investigating whether plaintiff’s son committed trespass that night. Plaintiff also stated a … Continue reading

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CA9: No articulable facts could be given for exigent based entry into apt; “lack of information is the opposite of articulable facts.”

There was no objectively reasonable basis for an emergency entry into defendant’s apartment because the police said that somebody might need immediate assistance. Defendant grabbed his waistband when running, but no gun was ever seen. “[L]ack of information is the … Continue reading

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IL: Unambiguous traffic statute wasn’t subject to Heien good faith mistake argument

The traffic statute defendant was alleged to have violated was unambiguous, and the court finds defendant didn’t violate it. Therefore, there can be no reasonable good faith reliance on the statute to salvage the stop. People v. Walker, 2018 IL … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: Typo in the address of the place to be searched not fatal where officers surveilled it before

There was an error in the address on the search warrant, but it’s clear to the court that there was no likelihood that the wrong apartment would be searched because the officers had surveilled it. There was reasonable suspicion for … Continue reading

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