Category Archives: Burden of pleading

CA11: Govt waives abandonment by not pleading it in the district court

Government waives abandonment by not pleading it in the district court. United States v. Ross, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 21028 (11th Cir. July 7, 2020), on remand from United States v. Ross, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 19642 (11th Cir. June … Continue reading

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W.D.Tex.: State officer’s alleged 4A violation doesn’t permit removal of criminal case to federal court

Defendants removed their state criminal cases to federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 1443 based on claimed search and seizure issues. This isn’t a proper ground to remove, and they have a state law remedy. Texas v. Calzada, 2020 U.S. … Continue reading

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IL: Arguing only lack of arrest warrant waives lack of PC

Pleading and litigating a motion to suppress in the trial court that the officers lacked an arrest warrant or an exception waived his appellate claim of a lack of probable cause. People v. Montes, 2020 IL App (2d) 180565, 2020 … Continue reading

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NJ: No REP in text messages in recipient’s cell phone

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages in the receiving cell phone. The court also discusses the third party doctrine as to private persons. State v. Armstrong, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 86 (June 2, 2020). Defendant’s conclusory … Continue reading

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OH9: Def’s motion to suppress should not have been granted for his failure to plead a violation of the constitution or law

Defendant’s motion to suppress should not have been granted for his failure to plead a violation of the constitution or law. State v. Leatherwood, 2020-Ohio-3012, 2020 Ohio App. LEXIS 1956 (9th Dist. May 20, 2020):

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W.D.Wash.: A filter team is required for execution of an allegedly overbroad SW

A filter team isn’t required just because a Facebook account search warrant is alleged to be overbroad. United States v. Sam, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79023 (W.D. Wash. May 5, 2020). Hearsay in a search warrant isn’t less believable solely … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Desire to file a Franks motion doesn’t expand discovery rights

“Generally, the fact that a defendant wishes to seek a Franks hearing ‘does not entitle him or her to additional discovery before the Franks hearing.’” The government stated it has provided discovery required by Rule 16. Defendant’s request for further … Continue reading

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N.D.Ind.: Merely saying in a motion to suppress def was arrested without probable cause doesn’t state grounds

Defendant does not offer further context or analysis. Based upon his failure to fully address this issue, the Defendant’s argument regarding an alleged illegal search and seizure is denied without prejudice. See United States v. Collins, 796 F.3d 829, 836 … Continue reading

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OH9: Pro se 4A argument never presented to trial court not considered

Pro se argument that the search warrant was invalid wasn’t preserved by a motion to suppress in the trial court. State v. Daniels, 2020-Ohio-1176, 2020 Ohio App. LEXIS 1097 (9th Dist. Mar. 30, 2020).* Plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment claim (among others) … Continue reading

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CA2: Barring cross-examination on execution of SW on cell phone wasn’t shown to be prejudicial

The district court didn’t err in sustaining the government’s objection to cross-examination about the execution of the search warrant on defendant’s cell phone because there was no showing that the warrant wasn’t improperly executed. United States v. Vargas, 2020 U.S. … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Affidavit for SW for DNA showed PC by parallels between two crimes and def

“The underlying facts in the affidavit compare the actions of Tualua with the actions of the people who committed the prior EZ Pawn robberies, which would allow the issuing judge to make his or her own conclusions. Under the totality … Continue reading

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CA9: Motion to suppress tax records obtained by IRS because his “private property interests” were invaded wasn’t presented below and is waived

“Galloway next argues that the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress because the IRS’s warrantless inspection of his financial records violated his private-property interests under the Fourth Amendment. But Galloway ‘never requested suppression on this ground in … Continue reading

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Cal.: Mid-trial objection to question based on lack of PC for search was untimely objection to the search

A mid-trial objection to evidence on the ground there was no probable cause for the police action in the search was untimely. It can only be brought during trial if the facts weren’t known until then, and that’s not what … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: Hiding gun in wheel well of vehicle of another was abandonment; nothing after that has any legal effect

Hiding a gun in the wheel well of someone else’s vehicle to keep it from the police is an abandonment. “Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the wheel well of someone else’s red Ford parked on a public … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Example of distancing the client from drugs but maintaining standing

Like walking a tightrope: United States v. Thorne, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4291 (D.D.C. Jan. 10, 2020):

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D.Nev.: Def’s motion to join codef’s motion to suppress requires showing of REP in joinder motion

Defendant’s motion to join a codefendant’s motion to suppress requires a showing of his reasonable expectation of privacy in the joinder motion. United States v. Palafox, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3698 (D. Nev. Jan. 7, 2020). “[T]he affidavit includes facts … Continue reading

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