Category Archives: Prison and jail searches

CA9: Boat moored near an open waterway is a “vehicle” not subject to the knock-and-announce

A boat moored near an open waterway is a “vehicle” not subject to the knock-and-announce rule. United States v. Jones, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 14481 (9th Cir. June 12, 2024). The government satisfied the independent source doctrine showing that it … Continue reading

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D.Mont.: FBI 302s not discoverable to aid in PC and particularity challenge

Defendant cannot get discovery of FBI 302s just to see if the search warrant was based on whatever information that would disclose. United States v. Purkey, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104824 (D. Mont. June 11, 2024). After all, the four … Continue reading

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N.D.Tex.: Prison shakedown search that included strip searches was reasonable

Prison shakedown search that included strip searches was reasonable. “The foregoing sufficiently demonstrates the fittingness of these strip searches under the Fourth Amendment. These routine strip searches, which occur only twice per year, require the upheaval of all prisoners and … Continue reading

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IA: Court ordered privilege review of search was at its expense

When the court orders privilege review for the results of a search, it’s a court expense. State v. Iowa District Court for Emmet County, 2024 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 52 (May 10, 2024). “Lenhart does not assert fraud on the court, … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Even if def’s DNA was not obtained by consent, inevitable discovery applies

Even if defendant’s DNA was obtained by coercion, inevitable discovery applies. United States v. Montoya, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77952 (D.N.M. Apr. 29, 2024).* A description of video of a shooting incident that identifies defendant, on independent review, was not … Continue reading

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CO adopts Graham for state excessive force claims

Colorado adopts the Graham v. Connor standard for excessive force under state law. Plaintiff stated enough to overcome a motion to dismiss. Woodall v. Godfrey, 2024 COA 42 (Apr. 25, 2024).* “Scafidi’s ‘seizure’ was not unreasonable, because his arrest was … Continue reading

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OR: Police listening to attorney-client jail calls because attorney calls not properly segregated leads to dismissal of some counts and setting aside guilty plea

The jail computer controlled phone system did not properly block attorney-client telephone calls, and the police listened to defense counsel’s conversations with defendant in jail. The police then used that information to supersede the indictment. Prejudice is presumed. State v. … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Ptf prisoner pled enough to survive motion to dismiss because of an unnecessary and potentially abusive strip search

Prison search case: “Plaintiff alleges that his clothes were ripped off during the assault, he was left naked on the floor with his boxers barely on, and the C.E.R.T. Defendants searched him ‘without any [l]egitimate penological purpose for the strip … Continue reading

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CA8: Alleged degrading strip search of transgender inmate stated claim

An allegedly retaliatory prison strip search alleged to be degrading and too intrusive stated a claim and survived qualified immunity on the Fourth Amendment but not the First Amendment retaliation claim. The inmate was transgender transitioning to female. Beard v. … Continue reading

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N.D.N.Y.: Strip search of transgender woman going into jail who might bond out was reasonable

Strip search of a transgender woman going into custody was reasonable, even though she’d likely bail out soon. “Applying Florence to this case, the Court finds that JCCF’s policy is consistent with the Fourth Amendment. Although JCCF’s institutional safety concerns … Continue reading

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W.D.Pa.: Prisoners stated 4A claim for recording of attorney-client calls

Prison inmates stated a claim where their prison calls to their lawyers were recorded by the provider without their knowledge. “ICS’ contention that the recording here was proper because inmates have a lowered expectation of privacy is inapplicable. First, while … Continue reading

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D.S.C.: Speeding stop justified even if dashcam video is inconclusive

The stop was justified: “In this case, although the dash cam footage is inconclusive of Officer Dudley’s visual estimate of speed, no evidence was put forth that cast doubt on Officer Dudley’s ability to estimate speed. Further, additional indicia of … Continue reading

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TX5: No binding authority says there’s a REP in an inmate’s jail medical records

There is no binding authority that a jail inmate has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his jail medical records, so the court finds the exclusionary rule shouldn’t apply. Quaschnick v. State, 2024 Tex. App. LEXIS 1108 (Tex. App. – … Continue reading

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DE: The PC for cell phone was limited to search history; SW otherwise overbroad

Defendant was accused of sexual contact with a four-year-old girl he was caring for. Her mother kicked him out of the house and sought a forensic exam of the child. A couple of days later, she found his cell phone … Continue reading

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OH1: Intercepted jail call led to def’s arrest and search when he showed up at co-def’s house to move drugs

Jailers intercepted a jail call between an inmate and a confederate outside who was told to move the drugs from his house. Police surveilled the house. When defendant showed up with a backpack and came out of the house, there … Continue reading

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N.D.Tex.: Video camera in pretrial detainee’s cell that showed the toilet was reasonable

“Ellis alleges that the placement of cameras in his cell that could record the toilet violated his Fourth Amendment right to privacy and constituted a state tort of invasion of privacy. ECF No. 19 at 19-22. But a pretrial detainee … Continue reading

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CA7: Surveillance cameras covering courthouse lockup toilets are reasonable

The use of surveillance cameras viewing the toilet areas of the Cook County Courthouse lockups are, on balance of the interests involved, reasonable. Alicea v. Cty. of Cook, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 33401 (7th Cir. Dec. 18, 2023):

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D.Utah: Def in jail can’t get unrecorded phone calls to nonlawyers to prepare for trial

Defendant seeks unrestricted phone access without recording, but not just to his lawyer or standby counsel–every call. No First, Fourth, or Sixth Amendment violation (limited to lawyers). United States v. Cromar, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 215498 (D. Utah Dec. 4, … Continue reading

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W.D.Mich.: Inmate can’t claim a medical condition and then refuse testing on 4A grounds

Plaintiff inmate claims to have an allergy. The prison wanted to draw blood to confirm. “Plaintiff has failed to state a claim that the Defendants violated his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures when they … Continue reading

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E.D.Tex.: You can’t remove a state criminal case to federal court to decide your search and seizure question

One can’t remove a state criminal case to federal court via habeas to decide his search warrant motions. Washington v. 5th Dist. Court of Texas, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209404 (E.D. Tex. Oct. 10, 2023), adopted 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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