Category Archives: Abstention

E.D.Va.: Request for consent within 20 seconds of handing over tickets didn’t unreasonably extend stop

A request for consent within 20 seconds of handing the tickets to the defendant did not unreasonably extend the stop. The court finds the consent voluntary. United States v. Perez-Almeida, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144705 (E.D. Va. Aug. 26, 2019). … Continue reading

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CA7: After state court affirms denial of motion to suppress, issue preclusion and abstention bar damages suit

Issue preclusion and full faith and credit deny federal courts the ability to determine a Fourth Amendment damages claim in an action after the state court denied suppression. Wade v. Barr, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 24723 (7th Cir. Aug. 20, … Continue reading

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CA7: USDC misapplies Heck by assuming challenged search was reasonable

The district court misapplied the Heck doctrine by assuming the search of plaintiff’s car was reasonable. The real question is whether the suit is to challenge the legality of the search. “On remand, the judge will need to resolve the … Continue reading

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CA11: A late discovered search claim doesn’t support a successor 2255 petition

“Wren cannot meet the statutory criteria for filing a second or successive § 2255 motion. First, even assuming that the search warrant is ‘newly discovered’ insofar as it had been sealed, it does nothing to establish by clear and convincing … Continue reading

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CA5: Home visitation and search condition not unreasonable (plain error review)

Defendant challenged his home visitation condition under the Fourth Amendment on appeal without having objected below. It is reviewed for plain error, and it’s certainly not. United States v. Dominguez-Villalobos, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 23184 (5th Cir. Aug. 2, 2019).* … Continue reading

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CA8: Not a 4A violation for school resource officer to handcuff sobbing second grader

It was not unreasonable for a school resource officer to handcuff for 15 minutes a 7-year-old sobbing second grader who he suspected of active resistance to going to the principal’s office. Aside from reasonableness, qualified immunity applies because the right … Continue reading

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D.S.C.: Failure to raise excessive force claim within search claim wasn’t IAC

Defense counsel’s failure to raise an excessive force claim as a part of his arrest wasn’t ineffective assistance of counsel on the merits of the arrest or subsequent search. Waters v. United States, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128341 (D. S.C. … Continue reading

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CA10: While some might disagree with OCCA’s opinion on abandonment, it’s not “unreasonable” under AEDPA

This is a § 2254 habeas challenging via an IAC claim whether defense counsel properly litigated his motion to suppress over whether his backpack was abandoned. That was also resolved in the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. While people might … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Affidavit of another didn’t show offer of proof for standing

The declaration used to attempt to show defendant’s guest standing doesn’t tie defendant’s relationship to the property to the time of the search. Moreover, on the day in question, his truck was parked along a fence far enough from the … Continue reading

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CA11: Carpenter not retroactive for a successor habeas

Carpenter not retroactive for a successor habeas. In re Symonette, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 20428 (11th Cir. July 9, 2019):

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D.Conn.: Ptf’s § 1983 case over his search that led to his conviction is barred by Heck

Plaintiff’s suit against his search and seizure that led to his conviction is barred by Heck v. Humphrey. “The appropriate vehicle for such a challenge is not § 1983 litigation, but direct or collateral appeal.” Gonzalez v. Yepes, 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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S.D.Ind.: Def’s 2255 4A IAC claim was speculative at best and denied

Defendant claims his attorney was ineffective for failing to tell him about a possible motion to suppress, and, thus, he wouldn’t have pled guilty. The court, however, finds no facts anywhere in the case supporting even an inference there was … Continue reading

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