Category Archives: Good faith exception

CA6&4: There clearly was PC for the SWs

“The affidavits supporting the searches of Sullivan’s apartment and vehicle overwhelmingly established probable cause to believe that Sullivan committed voyeurism, burglary, and possession of criminal tools.” “The search warrants for Sullivan’s vehicle, apartment, and computer were all sufficiently particular. The … Continue reading

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CA9: Playpen warrant violated Rule 41(b)(1), but GFE still saved it

A Network Investigative Technique (NIT) warrant (“Playpen” warrant) issued by a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Virginia exceeded the general territorial scope identified in Fed. R. Crim. P. 41(b)(1) and was thus void ab initio because it authorized … Continue reading

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CO: Once a dog alerts on a car, there is PC, and putting dog in car wasn’t unreasonable

Once a dog alerted on a car during a stop that was valid up to that time, putting the dog inside the car wasn’t unreasonable. The officers had probable cause at that point. People v. Bailey, 2018 CO 84 (Oct. … Continue reading

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VA: CSLI obtained before Carpenter was valid

CSLI obtained in 2012 and 2015 was lawful at the time before Carpenter, so the good faith exception applies. (The case was GVR’d because of Carpenter.) “We adopt the analytical framework set forth in Chavez. Appellant’s CSLI was acquired in … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: No standing in a shipped package found in another’s car where def’s name not on box as sender or recipient

Defendant had no standing to challenge the search of a previously shipped package located in another person’s vehicle that had his name nowhere on it as recipient or sender. Also, the search of the package was valid by consent and … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: CSLI obtained 7 years before Carpenter was in good faith

Defendant was tried in 2011. He was scheduled to be sentenced in 2018. He filed a motion to reopen the suppression hearing of his CSLI obtained under the SCA because of Carpenter. Denied; good faith exception applies. United States v. … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: Pre-Carpenter CSLI survives with GFE; Riley didn’t foretell Carpenter

Defendant was a suspect in a series of bank robberies, and a court order was obtained for his CSLI in 2016. Defendant’s argument that Riley foretold Carpenter is rejected. It wasn’t enough to forecast a clear outcome. The good faith … Continue reading

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E.D.Tex.: The number of people reviewing an affidavit for SW is relevant to GFE

The affidavit was not bare bones, and it provided a nexus to the place to be searched. In addition, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Taylor, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164231 (E.D. Tex. Sep. 17, 2018), adopted, 2018 … Continue reading

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CA2: On GVR after Carpenter, Second Circuit also holds GFE applies to 2011 SCA order

Defendant’s CSLI case was GVR’d by SCOTUS after Carpenter. His SCA order was issued in 2011. “Prior to Carpenter, all six courts of appeal to have considered the question had held that the government acquisition of electronic data from third … Continue reading

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CA6: Dist.Ct. erroneously suppressed over two kgs of heroin; the affidavit for SW showed a reasonable inference drugs would be found at home and GFE applied

The district court suppressed over two kilos of heroin finding that the affidavit for search warrant didn’t show probable cause and nexus to the defendant’s house. The Sixth Circuit reversed on both the probable cause and nexus issue and it … Continue reading

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WI: No REP in a computer left running online P2P

Wisconsin follows the uniform rule from all other courts and holds that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in computer files available on eDonkey P2P network under either the Fourth Amendment or the state constitution. State v. Baric, 2018 … Continue reading

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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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