Category Archives: Tracking warrant

W.D.Va.: Arrest warrant didn’t have to be in hand at time of arrest

When defendant was arrested on an arrest warrant, it was constitutionally required that officers have the warrant in hand at the time of the arrest. Rule 4 only requires the warrant be shown as soon as practical. Defendant was arrested … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Hearsay is admissible in suppression hearings under Rule 104(a)

Hearsay is specifically admissible in suppression hearings [and issuing search warrants] under Rule 104(a). [After all, that’s how informant hearsay and collective knowledge work.] The court credits one officer as to what another told him in the probable cause for … Continue reading

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CA9: Warrantless entry into def’s home after tracking device went off and created exigency

“The agents secured a court order authorizing insertion of a tracking device to conduct a controlled delivery of a package of methamphetamine, but their subsequent entry into defendant’s residence to secure the package was warrantless. [¶] The panel affirmed the … Continue reading

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CA10: SW not needed to obtain GPS location information from parolee’s GPS monitor

Defendant was on community supervision with GPS monitoring. He does not contest that, just the fact the location information was obtained without a search warrant. The probation-parole search exception doesn’t require a search warrant to obtain that information. United States … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: Def had no REP in his passenger’s cell phone that was being tracked which incidentally tracked him

“Here, there is no evidence that Defendant had possession of, or any subjective privacy interest in, Mr. Daniels’ cell phone. Law enforcement did not observe Defendant using the tracked cell phone, and the cell phone was not registered to Defendant. … Continue reading

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Engadget: Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

Engadget: Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data by Jon Fingas:

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CA1: Cell phones are not tracking devices, following CA7 & 3

“In affirming, we reject his arguments that there was error in the issuance of precise location information warrants (‘PLI warrants’) by a magistrate judge in Maine on a finding of probable cause, which allowed monitoring of the locations of Ackies’s … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Using state judge to get tracking warrant violated Rule 41, but court refuses to suppress for lack of prejudice or widespread violations

Officers used a state judge’s tracking warrant on defendant in technical violation of state law. It was not an isolated case. Nonetheless, defendant doesn’t show that he was prejudiced by this failure sufficient to justify applying the exclusionary rule. United … Continue reading

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The Champion: Building on Carpenter: Six New Fourth Amendment Challenges Every Defense Lawyer Should Consider

The Champion: Building on Carpenter: Six New Fourth Amendment Challenges Every Defense Lawyer Should Consider by Michael Price and Bill Wolf (NACDL, Dec. 2018) at 20-25: The implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Carpenter v. United States are just … Continue reading

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DE: Whether a state tracking warrant permits tracking in NJ is avoided in favor of inevitable discovery

A tracking device was put on defendant’s Jeep by warrant, and it was tracked into New Jersey as well. The court offers that it’s a difficult question whether the vehicle could be tracked in New Jersey too, but decides the … Continue reading

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CA9: PC was so lacking for two tracking warrants that GFE does not apply

Probable cause for two tracking warrants was so completely lacking that it was unreasonable to rely on them, and the good faith exception does not apply. United States v. Lopez-Zuniga, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33096 (8th Cir. Nov. 26, 2018):

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M.D.Fla.: Whether a state court judge could issue a ping order that crossed state lines is governed by GFE

A state court judge issued a ping order and the phone crossed state lines. Was it a tracking order or an SCA order? “The Court sees no need to venture further into the quagmire of tracking devices, the SCA, and … Continue reading

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