Category Archives: Good faith exception

CA7: Exclusionary rule does not apply to revocation of federal supervised release

The exclusionary rule does not apply to revocation of federal supervised release, applying Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole v. Scott, 524 U.S. 357 (1998). United States v. Phillips, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 2799 (7th Cir. Jan. 28, 2019). CSLI … Continue reading

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CA2: Where PC was a close question, the court instead decides GFE applies

“The existence of probable cause in this case presents a close question. We need not decide the issue, however, because we conclude that, even assuming probable cause was lacking, the good faith exception applies.” The government was forthright in disclosing … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Def used two houses, and his drug operation was from one; the SW for the second was still valid under GFE despite lack of nexus

Defendant conducted a drug operation from what the court called the 1st Premises, and he lived in the 2nd Premises, apparently avoiding keeping any drugs there. When he went out to do a drug deal, he’d stop at the 1st … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Passenger’s conduct and answers during traffic stop provided RS

The passenger’s conduct here showed reasonable suspicion to continue the stop. United States v. Torres, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10590 (D. N.M. Jan. 23, 2019). The government obtained CSLI in 2015 for 57 days of defendants’ cell phones, and the … Continue reading

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NE: GFE applied to CSLI obtained two years before Carpenter

Defendant’s CSLI was obtained two years before Carpenter with an order under the Stored Communications Act to connect him to a murder. Carpenter was decided while on appeal. The court follows every other case on the issue and applies the … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: PC shown for records of the last number a murder victim called

Defendant’s cell phone number being the last number a murder victim called was at least a minimally sufficient basis for a search warrant for cell phone records to see who it was. It was also at least supported by the … Continue reading

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CA6: Carpenter decided after notice of appeal didn’t apply to defendant

CSLI was admitted at trial without objection. Carpenter was decided after the notice of appeal. On plain error review, there is no error because the CSLI was lawfully obtained at the time and the good faith exception applies. United States … Continue reading

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CA6 sustains Playpen warrant under GFE

Playpen warrant was valid under good faith exception. United States v. Moorehead, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 639 (6th Cir. Jan. 9, 2019).* Defendant was not entitled to discovery of the exploit code used in the NIT warrant to locate him. … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Part of CI’s criminal history wasn’t disclosed, but enough was; CI was corroborated, and there was PC

The affiant didn’t withhold enough of the CI’s criminal history to be misleading. Not all of it was disclosed, but enough was to show he was part of the criminal milieu. And even if the withholding was significant, there was … Continue reading

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D.V.I.: Court doubts legal authority for border searches from mainland to VI, but GFE applies

The court doubts the legal basis for customs searches of people traveling nonstop from the U.S. mainland to the Virgin Islands because there is no international travel. Reliance on the V.I. Code doesn’t provide any real help to the government. … Continue reading

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CA11: Questioning during stop exceeded Rodriguez, but it was before that, so GFE applies

The stop was reasonable, and the questioning of the motorist was valid at the time it happened (December 2013). Under Rodriguez, however, the stop was unlawfully extended. Under the good faith exception, the detention was still valid. United States v. … Continue reading

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TN: 2012 cell phone search had to be evaluated by law at that time on PCR

Defendant’s post-conviction claim on the 2012 search of his cell phone fails because it wouldn’t have been granted back then. Blunkall v. State, 2019 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 11 (Jan. 4, 2019).* The CI’s information was significantly corroborated by observations … Continue reading

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