Category Archives: Prison and jail searches

CA9: UA in prison is reasonable

“It is undisputed that urinalysis testing is a search under the Fourth Amendment and that drug testing in the prison context is generally constitutional unless it is conducted in an unreasonable manner. See Thompson v. Souza, 111 F.3d 694, 701 … Continue reading

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CA4: Opening jail legal mail away from inmate violated 1A, but separate 4A claim for that not clearly established

Opening pretrial detainee’s legal mail 15 times outside his presence was a First Amendment violation, even though he’d been suspected of receiving contraband about the witnesses against him both in legal and nonlegal mail. The First Amendment violation is injury … Continue reading

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TX13: Affidavit for SW shouldn’t have been admitted at trial, but it was harmless error as cumulative

The state conceded error that the affidavit for defendant’s blood search warrant should not have been admitted into evidence at trial. (Defendant objected to a paragraph of hearsay.) It was, however, harmless error and merely cumulative to what the officer … Continue reading

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ME: No REP in paperwork kept in prison

Plaintiff had no reasonable expectation of privacy in his prison paperwork under Hudson v. Palmer or state law. If legal mail were involved, plaintiff would have to show actual injury [n.5]. Anctil v. Cassese, 2020 ME 59, 2020 Me. LEXIS … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Desire to file a Franks motion doesn’t expand discovery rights

“Generally, the fact that a defendant wishes to seek a Franks hearing ‘does not entitle him or her to additional discovery before the Franks hearing.’” The government stated it has provided discovery required by Rule 16. Defendant’s request for further … Continue reading

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MO: Search incident of a McDonald’s sack in a car for shoplifting a sweatshirt was unreasonable

Defendant was stopped in a shopping center parking lot for suspicion of shoplifting a sweatshirt. He consented to a frisk of his person and car, and nothing was found. Another officer arrived, and he was de facto arrested. A search … Continue reading

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W.D.N.C.: Prisoner’s § 1983 strip search case dismissed

Pro se prison inmate plaintiff fails to state claims for § 1983 relief including alleged arbitrary strip searches. With his disciplinary record, they aren’t arbitrary. He’s in a prison, after all. Wright v. United States, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59884 … Continue reading

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CA7: QI for testing HIV sample for Hep C, too; no cause of action for violating prison policy

Plaintiff is a prisoner who bloodied a guard. He consented to a blood draw to be tested for HIV, but they also tested for Hep C. He sued over the latter. They get qualified immunity. There’s no clearly established law … Continue reading

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Law.com: NJ Supreme Court Affirms Prosecutors’ Right to Subpoena Inmate Phone Recordings

Law.com: NJ Supreme Court Affirms Prosecutors’ Right to Subpoena Inmate Phone Recordings by R. Robin McDonald (“The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed that prosecutors can subpoena recordings of telephone conversations made by defendants held in county detention facilities. … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: No REP in nonlegal mail sent from jail where witness tampering was suspected

Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in nonlegal mail sent from jail where he was suspected of tampering with witnesses (collecting cases). The policy was already well established (if that matters). United States v. Chivers, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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NM: “Is there anything on your person that I should know about?” is subject to Quarles public safety exception

A question about anything on defendant’s person was subject to Quarles public safety exception. “While Defendant was in custody, but before he was advised of his Miranda rights, an officer asked him, ‘Is there anything on your person that I … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: Sometimes there’s SW for a pretrial detainee’s cell

Defendant was detained pretrial for a murder for hire indictment, and he’d been moved around from one contract holding center to another for assaulting other inmates. A search warrant had been obtained for his cell for evidence of obstruction of … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Nexus here was so “thin” that the court won’t even apply GFE

The government didn’t even show a connection between the defendant and the alleged crime to get access to his subscriber information. “While courts may find the good-faith exception to apply when an application is ‘thin,’ a showing of some connection … Continue reading

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ABAJ: Inmate wins [pretrial] release after jail recorded hundreds of attorney-client calls

ABAJ: Inmate wins release after jail recorded hundreds of attorney-client calls by Stephanie Francis Ward:

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Daily Press: After Virginia prisons strip searched an 8-year-old, state lawmakers passed 4 bills to limit the practice

Daily Press: After Virginia prisons strip searched an 8-year-old, state lawmakers passed 4 bills to limit the practice by Gary A. Harki (“Four bills addressing the strip searching of visitors at jails and prisons in Virginia passed the General Assembly … Continue reading

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TX11: Automobile exception doesn’t permit a vehicle search after the object of the search has been recovered

The automobile exception did not apply where defendant was stopped for an alleged theft and the property was recovered before the search occurred, thereby obviating it. State v. Whitman, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 1481 (Tex. App. – Eastland Feb. 21, … Continue reading

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