Category Archives: Overseizure

S.D.N.Y.: In a document search, a slight overseizure that the govt declines to use avoids extraordinary remedy of suppression

“In sum, the affidavits set forth detailed information concerning the evidence of insider trading obtained and the connection between the devices and accounts concerned and probable additional evidence. The warrants were particularized and their breadth tied to the evidence relevant … Continue reading

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IN: Seizure of only cash under SW for drugs and cash from drug sales was unreasonable and without PC

When police had a search warrant for a package that included cash for drug purposes in the particular description, the seizure of only cash wasn’t justified. Nothing showed that the money was related to crime. Hodges v. State, 2018 Ind. … 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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N.D.Ind.: Court can’t exclude for knock-and-announce failure

Failure to properly knock-and-announce is foreclosed as a reason for exclusion under Hudson v. Michigan. United States v. Calligan, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173193 (N.D. Ind. Oct. 9, 2018). 2255 petitioner was not prejudiced by defense counsel’s failure to challenge … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: There was no overseizure of marijuana on the search; it was in plain view

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not objecting to the alleged overseizure of marijuana. Once police were on the property with a validly issued warrant, all the marijuana was seizable because it was in plain view. Green v. United States, 2018 … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: SW particularity and the scope of search that occurred are separate “arguments [that] must not be confused”

The search warrant was particular, and the search was not overbroad, confined within the scope of the warrant. They are separate “arguments [that] must not be confused.” United States v. Aley, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59527 (W.D. Ky. Apr. 9, … Continue reading

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The Hill: Manafort challenges evidence seized by Mueller (with link to motion and warrant affidavit)

The Hill: Manafort challenges evidence seized by Mueller by Jacqueline Thomsen (link to motion, affidavit, and warrant):

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OH8: A pill bottle search wasn’t plain view during execution of SW for firearms

The police had a search warrant for firearms, and, during execution of the warrant, the officers looked in a pill bottle. The state’s plain view argument is unavailing because it wasn’t immediately apparent to the officers. “We further find little … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Overseizure by retention of unresponsive emails seized under SW doesn’t require suppression of all

Defendant contends that the overseizure and retention of emails obtained by warrant that aren’t relevant to the crime under investigation requires suppression of even that which was validly obtained. No court has gone that far. His creative attempt to extend … Continue reading

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OH8: Affidavit for SW showed PC for weapons only; search for drugs exceeded SW’s limits

The affidavit only showed probable cause to search for weapons, not drugs, and there was no probable cause for drugs in the affidavit. As to drugs, the search warrant is suppressed. Defendant also raised the argument that the officer sought … Continue reading

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Army Ct.Crim.App.: Search authorization for cell phone text messages did not permit looking at pictures

The search authorization here was for text messages on a servicemember’s cell phone. The searchers, however, looked for pictures, too. The military good faith exception, Mil. R. Evid. 311(c)(3), specifically addresses the scenario when officers rely on a subsequently invalidated … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: The email SW here was limited by time and crime and that made it reasonable and not a general warrant

It is too easy for an email warrant to be a general warrant because there has to be an articulation of what the government is looking for. Moreover, all the emails may be seized so they can be searched looking … Continue reading

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