Category Archives: Privileges

D.S.D.: Seizure of work product from def’s jail cell for witness tampering was reasonable and run through a taint team

The search of defendant’s jail cell for evidence of witness tampering in his “work product” was reasonable, and the government used a taint team to segregate it. “The government’s conduct in this case was neither ill-conceived nor outrageous. It must … Continue reading

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GA: Defendant’s refusal to submit to a urine test wasn’t a 5A violation

Defendant’s refusal to submit to a urine test wasn’t a Fifth Amendment violation. Motion to suppress improperly granted. State v. Awad, 2020 Ga. App. LEXIS 589 (Oct. 20, 2020):

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CT: Pretrial GPS monitoring didn’t violate right to counsel and is 4A reasonable

Pretrial GPS monitoring that can tell when the accused is at his attorney’s office doesn’t violate the right to counsel, and it’s reasonable when merely monitoring whether defendant is abiding by her pretrial travel restrictions. State v. Troconis, 2020 Conn. … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Apparent typo in a telephone number in a search warrant isn’t a Franks violation

An apparent typographical error in a telephone number in a search warrant isn’t a Franks violation. United States v. Green, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174674 (D. Minn. Sept. 23, 2020). Filter teams to protect privileged material are not per se … Continue reading

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NJLJ: Analysis: Give Us Your Cell Phone Password and Constitutional Rights, Please

NJLJ: Analysis: Give Us Your Cell Phone Password and Constitutional Rights, Please by Louis Locascio (“The issue, of first impression, was whether requiring a defendant to disclose the passcode of his cell phone violates his protection against self-incrimination provided by … Continue reading

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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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