Category Archives: Burden of pleading

IA: IAC Franks claim was speculative; def claims no facts at all

Defendant filed an ineffective assistance of counsel claim alleging that if defense counsel had investigated the officer’s allegations he’d have found a Franks challenge. This was purely speculative because not a word was provided about what such an investigation would … Continue reading

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IN: Landlord saw blood in the property and called the police; this was a valid emergency entry

Defendant was an emergency contact on the property, but he lived in Chicago, not at the apartment. Therefore, he had no standing. On the merits, the landlord checked on the property and saw blood stains inside. He called police for … Continue reading

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Army: Specific issue of using computer to aid iPhone search waived by not presenting to trial court

On appeal defendant conceded the lawfulness of the seizure of his iPhone. Army investigators allegedly illegally seized a computer as well. All the trial court litigation never raised the question of the use of the computer, too, so that’s waived. … Continue reading

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OR: Def disavowed consent issue in trial court, so he couldn’t argue it on appeal

Defendant disavowed the argument made on appeal in the trial court, and you just can’t do that. “Defendant failed to preserve his argument because he failed to provide the trial court with an objection, let alone ‘an explanation of his … Continue reading

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KY: Police use of license plate reader violates no REP

Police use of a license plate reader that led to finding a warrant on the owner violated no reasonable expectation of privacy. Traft v. Commonwealth, 2018 Ky. LEXIS 68 (Feb. 15, 2018). In a state wiretapping case over the legal … Continue reading

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NY4: Scope of search claim defaulted by not presenting it to trial court

A facial challenge to a search warrant is a question of law, and no hearing is required. On the application, probable cause was shown along with the CI’s reliability. Defendant’s claim the search exceeded the search warrant is defaulted for … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Weapons tossed by somebody other than def isn’t his abandonment

Weapons tossed by somebody other than the defendant aren’t abandoned as to the defendant. The search was valid as a parole search under state law. United States v. Scott, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 217307 (E.D. N.C. Dec. 20, 2017) (R&R). … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Motion to join motion to suppress requires showing standing, too

This defendant moved to join the motion to suppress the search of a codefendant, but “Santilli’s Motion for Joinder does not provide any details about how McGuire’s Objection applies to a search or seizure of Santilli’s property or an invasion … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: A “search and seizure warrant” not only authorized seizure of defendant’s computer but its search

A “search and seizure warrant” not only authorized seizure of defendant’s computer but its search. “Defendant’s argument that the search warrant authorized the seizure—but not the search—of his computer, phone, and computer storage media strains the bounds of logic and … Continue reading

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TX13: The natural dissipation of alcohol in the blood alone is not exigency for a warrantless taking of blood

The natural dissipation of alcohol in the blood alone is not exigency for a warrantless taking of blood. State v. Ruiz, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 302 (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi – Edinburg Jan. 11, 2018). Defendant didn’t object to … Continue reading

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PA: Alluding to a SCOTUS case without fleshing out how it applies held waiver when argument complicated

The defense didn’t properly frame its argument under Birchfield about forced implied consent and thus didn’t preserve error. “We cannot conclude that the trial court erred in denying Appellant’s suppression motion that vaguely cited to Birchfield.” Commonwealth v. Smith, 2017 … Continue reading

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CA10: Scope of consent to search has to be raised in the trial court

The issue of scope of a consent search has to be presented to the trial court to be preserved. This wasn’t. United States v. Vargas, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 26869 (10th Cir. Dec. 28, 2017). There is no right to … Continue reading

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