Category Archives: Privileges

D.N.M.: Def can seek to preclude admissions in forfeiture case from criminal case

Defendant in a criminal case will get the benefit of a motion in limine to prevent alleged admissions under the Fifth Amendment in his forfeiture case from being used against him. United States v. Mendoza, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166898 … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Claim that stop was racially biased fails on merits

Defendant’s equal protection claim that his stop was racially motivated fails on the merits because there was a factual basis for the stop and the claim of racial bias has no evidentiary support. His effort to put the officer’s social … Continue reading

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FL1: Foregone conclusion exception applies to compelling def’s cell phone password

The foregone conclusion exception applies to compelling defendant’s cell phone password, thus distinguishing Pollard v. State, 287 So. 3d 649 (Fla. 1st DCA 2019). Varn v. State, 2020 Fla. App. LEXIS 12478 (Fla. 1st DCA Sept. 3, 2020):

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FL5: Compelling password to cell phone violates 5A

An attempt to order a cell phone owner to provide his password to the phone is testimonial under the Fifth Amendment. The court also concludes the foregone conclusion doctrine does not apply. Garcia v. State, 2020 Fla. App. LEXIS 12232 … Continue reading

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NJ: Once SW issues for cell phone, foregone conclusion exception to self-incrimination applies and password can be compelled

Once a search warrant issues for a cell phone, there is no privilege of self-incrimination in the phone barring compelled production of the password. The foregone conclusion exception to the Fifth Amendment applies. State v. Andrews, A-72-18 (N.J. Aug. 10, … Continue reading

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HPPR: Class Action Suit Over Recorded Calls At Leavenworth Prison Settles For $3.7 Million

HPPR: Class Action Suit Over Recorded Calls At Leavenworth Prison Settles For $3.7 Million by Dan Margolies:

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IN: Def couldn’t be held in contempt for refusing to unlock cell phone pleading 5A

“When Katelin Seo was placed under arrest, law enforcement took her iPhone believing it contained incriminating evidence. A detective got a warrant to search the smartphone, but he couldn’t get into the locked device without Seo’s assistance. So the detective … Continue reading

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techdirt: On The Same Day The FBI Claimed No Vendor Could Crack IPhones, Another Way To Crack IPhones Made The News

techdirt: On The Same Day The FBI Claimed No Vendor Could Crack IPhones, Another Way To Crack IPhones Made The News by Tim Cushing:

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Chattanooga Times Free Press: State health department gives names, addresses of Tennesseans with COVID-19 to law enforcement

Chattanooga Times Free Press: State health department gives names, addresses of Tennesseans with COVID-19 to law enforcement by Anita Wadhwani (“The Tennessee Department of Health is providing the names and addresses of residents who test positive for COVID-19 to sheriffs … Continue reading

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CT: Dismissal not appropriate remedy here for violation of A-C privilege in execution of SW

Defendant did not show that all the documents seized were attorney-client privileged for purposes of litigation. Some were. However, dismissal is not the appropriate remedy, despite the fact privileged information made it into the media from the arrest warrant materials. … Continue reading

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E.D.Wash.: Seizure of e-mails between def and lawyer prior to adversary proceedings didn’t violate 6A

The seizure of defendant’s emails between him and his lawyer didn’t violate the Sixth Amendment when adversary proceedings had not yet begun – defendant wasn’t indicted for more than a year later. United States v. Smith, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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IL: Flight from gunshots is not RS

Defendant’s flight into his house on hearing gunshots was not reasonable suspicion to give chase or probable cause to enter the house to arrest him. Anybody would flee gunshots. People v. Craine, 2020 IL App (1st) 163403, 2020 Ill. App. … Continue reading

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FL2: Direct contempt for refusing to provide passcode for cell phone search reversed; out-of-court evidence couldn’t be considered

Defendant was held in contempt and sentenced to five months and 29 days for refusing to provide the passcode for his cell phone so it could be searched under a warrant. “However, whether a finding of contempt could have been … Continue reading

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GA: Failure to bring up record of suppression hearing held instead in a connected case was waiver

Defendant was charged under indictment 1 and had a suppression hearing. He was reindicted in indictment 2 and went to trial in that case. When he appealed, the record of conviction under indictment 2 came up for appeal and no … 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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TX14: Client had standing to object to seizure of her files from her attorney’s office for his misapplication of her fee into trust account

A search warrant was executed on a divorce lawyer’s office for some client files after a $75,000 retainer was paid into the IOLTA account which had a -$49,000 balance. The district court erred in holding the client had no standing … Continue reading

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