Category Archives: Waiver

S.D.Cal.: Challenge to PC for revo warrant has to be made in the district where the warrant comes from

Challenge to the probable cause for a revocation warrant has to be made in the district issuing it, not this one where defendant currently resides. United States v. Carranza-Cruz, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31590 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 23, 2024).* The … Continue reading

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CA4: Ptf, a contract jail nurse, states a claim for being strip searched when mistaken for inmate [in scrubs]

Plaintiff is a nurse, and, for her first day on the job at this jail, she was accidentally strip searched when she was mistaken for a weekender. She stated a claim for relief that survives summary judgment and qualified immunity. … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Motion for new trial here not ground for illegal search claim

This motion for new trial is not for defendant’s claim that officers hacked his computer to illegally search it. It’s not newly discovered. Moreover, there were questions of the FBI computer analyst about whether the computer had been hacked. United … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Facebook account SW was properly limited to time and to crime under investigation and not overbroad

This Facebook account warrant was properly limited. “First, both warrants here were limited to a time period of about one year, from December 11, 2020, to November 17, 2021. As a result, neither warrant allowed the government to search everything … Continue reading

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CA11: Failure to object to USMJ’s 4A analysis in R&R is waiver

Failure to object to the U.S. Magistrate Judge’s factual and legal conclusions on the search claim in the R&R is waiver. Thus he “waived his right to appeal the conclusions in the R&R.” Summarily affirmed. United States v. Kelly, 2024 … Continue reading

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CA5: Open container justified extending the stop under Terry-Rodriguez

Defendant’s open container justified extending the stop under Terry-Rodriguez. United States v. Phillips, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 1929 (5th Cir. Jan. 29, 2024). Reasonable suspicion developed during each step of the stop. “The stop, measured from when Trooper Miller stopped … Continue reading

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CA2: Where PC and GFE found by District Court, both have to be argued on appeal or waiver occurs

The district court found probable cause and the good faith exception applied. On appeal, he argued only probable cause. The alternative ground of good faith was thus waived and the court can affirm. United States v. McGregor, 2024 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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WA: Merely holding on to DL doesn’t make stop a detention; “context matters”

“Officer Ayers’s language would have assured a reasonable person that the officer was not making a show of authority: the officer assured Mr. Taylor he was not a suspect, but wanted to ‘get [his] name just so we have that … Continue reading

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N.D.Tex.: Suppression in forfeiture is Supp.Rule G(8)(a) not Rule 41

The government sought forfeiture of the owner’s cash after it was seized at DFW after a dog sniff on his bag. The owner responded with a motion to suppress under Rule 41, but that doesn’t apply in forfeiture cases. Supplemental … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: 1/6 geofence warrant was for phones within the crime scene and was reasonable

The 1/6 Capitol geofence warrant was issued with probable cause and was specific, limited to those within the Capitol or on the restricted grounds, not just near it. United States v. Easterday, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8978 (D.D.C. Jan. 18, … Continue reading

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DC parolee’s GPS monitor can only be placed by court order

Defendant’s GPS monitoring while on D.C. parole was unauthorized without an order from the sentencing court. It also doesn’t fit under Knights and Samson and special needs. Therefore, its use here to connect defendant to a crime is suppressed. Davis … Continue reading

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OH10: Handing backpack to friend to hold was not abandonment

“However, abandonment for Fourth Amendment purposes differs from abandonment in terms of property law. ‘In the context of search and seizure law, abandonment refers to a manifestation or appearance that the person has no interest in the property, rather than … Continue reading

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OH8: State showed need for evidence for further investigation after indictment dismissed without prejudice so no return

Evidence was seized, including a cell phone, and defendant was charged with a violent crime. As the case progressed to trial, the state moved to dismiss without prejudice so it could investigate further. Defendant sought return of the evidence. On … Continue reading

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N.D.Tex.: Video camera in pretrial detainee’s cell that showed the toilet was reasonable

“Ellis alleges that the placement of cameras in his cell that could record the toilet violated his Fourth Amendment right to privacy and constituted a state tort of invasion of privacy. ECF No. 19 at 19-22. But a pretrial detainee … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: No PC here, and government’s GFE argument is generic and unhelpful

The affidavit for warrant here failed to show probable cause to believe a pill manufacturing operation would be found there. There was old information in the affidavit, but it was stale on its own. Also, defendants moved in the meantime … Continue reading

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OH7: No standing in package with assumed names

Defendant lacked standing in a package shipped under and to assumed names, neither of which could be linked to him as a known alias. State v. Herbert, 2023-Ohio-4490, 2023 Ohio App. LEXIS 4311 (7th Dist. Dec. 11, 2023). “We think … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: Items unreasonably seized under SW as outside its scope still not returned because they are forfeitable

Some of the items seized under the warrant were named or were covered by plain view when the police got inside. Some are excludable, but they aren’t returned because the government intends to forfeit. United States v. Abdul-Latif, 2023 U.S. … Continue reading

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CA5: No excessive force without a seizure; here, ptf told to “get back”

“At no point was D.J. prevented from leaving the scene—rather, he was repeatedly asked to do so, to ‘get back’ and move away while Deputy Moring was securing the perimeter. True, he was prevented from further approaching Perkins and Deputy … Continue reading

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CA7: Hospital medical staff getting def to spit out machine gun part wasn’t search and they weren’t govt actors

Defendant had a Glock fully auto switch in his mouth while in the hospital. While treating him, the medical staff finally got him to spit it out. That was not a search. The medical staff were not government actors for … Continue reading

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CA7: Misuse of dealer tag justified search incident

The district court decided this vehicle search on inventory. On appeal, the court goes with search incident because the vehicle was being driven with improper dealer tags. Officer “Hobbs’s search of the glovebox incident to Travis’s arrest was proper. Evidence … Continue reading

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