Category Archives: Privileges

ID: Seizure of A-C materials from def’s jail cell violated privilege; remanded for remedy and possible recusal of DA

The state searched defendant’s jail cell while he was in pretrial detention and seized attorney-client privileged information. The state has the burden of proving that it did not affect the case against him, and the case is remanded for further … Continue reading

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CA9: Question about telephone number before Miranda warning wasn’t protected by warning

Question about defendant’s telephone number prior to his Miranda warning wasn’t covered by Miranda. The phone number linked defendant to a dropbox account with child pornography. United States v. Chilaca, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33136 (9th Cir. Nov. 26, 2018). … Continue reading

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WA: State AG’s civil investigative demand to a company did not unreasonably intrude into “private affairs” or violate 4A

A company that consolidated student loans was required to comply with the Washington State Attorney General’s civil investigative demand (CID) under Wash. Rev. Code § 19.86.110. The company did not have a right against self-incrimination and the CID did not … Continue reading

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LA3: No REP in a jail call to spouse

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a jail call to defendant’s wife. State v. Ducote, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 2297 (La. App. 3 Cir. Nov. 15, 2018).* No reasonable suspicion for extending a stop for no proof of … Continue reading

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NJ: Cell phone password not 5A privileged on this record

Defendant’s forced disclosure of his iPhone password didn’t violate the Fifth Amendment because his knowledge of that information was a foregone conclusion on this record. State v. Andrews, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 159 (Nov. 15, 2018):

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S.D.Fla.: Govt oversearched and violated A-C privilege; but it wasn’t really bad enough to warrant sanctions, and govt not using it

The government reviewed attorney-client materials and failed to uphold the standards of DOJ to protect them from review by investigators. Nevertheless, it doesn’t rise high enough to require dismissal of the indictment. The government concedes that it won’t use some … Continue reading

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CA6: Marital privilege doesn’t apply to a recorded jail call

Marital privilege doesn’t apply to jail telephone calls defendant knew would be recorded because of the lack of a confidential communication. United States v. Ayala, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 31345 (6th Cir. Nov. 6, 2018). The Pennsylvania Wiretap Act is … Continue reading

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IL: Marital communications obtained by SW remained privileged

Confidential spousal communications obtained by a search warrant do not lose their privileged character. People v. Gliniewicz, 2018 IL App (2d) 170490, 2018 Ill. App. LEXIS 818 (Nov. 2, 2018). The state seized text messages but didn’t disclose them in … Continue reading

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FL4: Order to juvenile to produce cell phone passcode quashed

A minor was in juvenile court for being in an accident under the influence. The police wanted the contents of his cell phone. The juvenile court’s order for him to disclose the password to his cell phone is quashed because … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: The FTC sought an order of production of cell phones and laptops for search in an action for injunction; production not testimonial and PC shown

The FTC sued defendants for injunctive relief and sought an order for production of cell phones and laptop computers. On the first issue of preservation of the Fourth Amendment claim in addition to the clearly asserted Fifth Amendment, the court … Continue reading

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LA4: When state fails to get a SW for def’s medical records, it doesn’t get a do over to fix it

In State v. Skinner, 10 So.3d 1212 (La. 2009), the state supreme court held that there was a state constitutional warrant requirement for defendant’s medical records. Failing to do it right can’t be cured by a later warrant after it’s … Continue reading

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Draft article: Orin S. Kerr, Compelled Decryption and the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination

Orin S. Kerr, Compelled Decryption and the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination, forthcoming in the Texas Law Review, available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3248286 Abstract:

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