Category Archives: Exclusionary rule

N.D.Cal.: Officer accessing Automated License Plate Reader database not unreasonable search

An Oakland officer’s accessing the local Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) database was not an illegal search nor a violation of the Fourth Amendment. That information helped to provide information to enable police to apply for a GPS tracking warrant … Continue reading

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C.D.Ill.: Failure to execute state SW in 10 days doesn’t automatically trigger exclusionary rule

Failure to execute a state search warrant within 10 days (F.R.Crim.P. 41) where state law says 60 days does not automatically trigger the exclusionary rule. The affidavit for the warrant showed probable cause, and the good faith exception also applies. … Continue reading

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N.D.Miss.: No exclusion for knock-and-announce violation

“Engram is simply incorrect that the exclusionary rule may apply when a no-knock warrant application fails to establish justification for a no-knock entry. See United States v. White, 990 F.3d 488, 493 (6th Cir. 2021) (‘Whether this affidavit sufficed to … Continue reading

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PA: Exclusionary rule applies to PA probation revocation proceedings

The exclusionary rule applies to probation revocation proceedings in Pennsylvania. Having suppressed in the underlying criminal case, the court should have suppressed on the violation of probation. Commonwealth v. Parson, 2021 PA Super 151, 2021 Pa. Super. LEXIS 487 (July … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: Def’s arrest under a warrant for murder produced a gun; deterrence no value here

Defendant’s arrest under a warrant for murder also produced a gun, for which he was indicted in federal court. This is not an appropriate case for suppression because there’s no deterrence value. United States v. Gray, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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D.C.: Illegal patdown without RS caused def’s flight; discard of gun in flight excluded

The patdown of defendant was manifestly unreasonable, and defendant’s flight was thereafter. The exclusionary rule should be applied to this. Johnson v. United States, 2021 D.C. App. LEXIS 187 (July 15, 2021):

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TN: AT&T’s requirement cell phone record SWs go through FL office doesn’t deprive court of jurisdiction

The fact AT&T wants cell phone search warrant for a Tennessee cell phone to be served at West Palm Beach, Florida for its convenience does not make the warrant without jurisdiction. The digital information could be accessed from anywhere, but … Continue reading

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OH5: Exclusionary rule does not apply in child protection cases

“While this appears to be a case of first impression in Ohio, other states have uniformly held the Fourth Amendment’s exclusionary rule does not apply in child protection cases.” It follows State ex rel. A.R. v. C.R., 1999 UT 43, … Continue reading

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WI: With no police misconduct and they “acted by the book” there is no suppression

“In this case, the Sheriff’s Office detectives acted by the book.” The exclusionary rule would not be applied to police officers finding a prior download of data in a police database and using it to connect defendant to this homicide. … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Seizure without RS led to abandonment; suppression granted

Defendant was seized without reasonable suspicion when an officer acting on an informant’s tip approached him with hand on gun telling defendant to raise his hands. Seconds later, he fled, dropping the gun. The court finds an unreasonable seizure precipitated … Continue reading

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WV: Exclusionary rule would not be applied in administrative child abuse proceeding for protection of children

The exclusionary rule does not apply to child abuse allegations in administrative proceedings. The court declines the request to apply it despite the rule that it doesn’t apply in civil cases generally because of harm to the children. In re … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: DMV’s computer mistake def’s DL was suspended doesn’t invoke the exclusionary rule under Evans

DMV’s computer mistake defendant’s DL was suspended doesn’t invoke the exclusionary rule under Evans. United States v. Salazar, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103027 (N.D. Ohio June 2, 2021). Defendant’s “regenerating” activity in selling heroin made the warrant application not stale. … Continue reading

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CA8: Visitor’s property could be searched under warrant for host’s place on RS they were involved in drugs, too

Defendant was a visitor at a friend’s house when the house was searched under a warrant for drugs. She was on the couch with a meth pipe next to her, so it was reasonable to search her lockbox under the … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: 4A ER does not apply to def’s claim records obtained from others were “unreliable”

Defendant’s argument that the records obtained by search warrant from other are unreliable is not a Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule question. United States v. Skinner, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84377 (W.D. N.Y. May 3, 2021). A burnt blunt on the … Continue reading

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OH4: Criminal investigation’s SW production was admissible in child dependency proceeding

A search warrant produced drug evidence admissible in a dependency and neglect proceeding, and that supported the finding. In re J.M., 2021-Ohio-1415, 2021 Ohio App. LEXIS 1376 (4th Dist. Apr. 19, 2021). Defendant’s son “posted a video on the internet” … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Constitutionality of window tint statute doesn’t have anything to do with PC for a stop for overtinting

Even if Missouri’s window tint statute was unconstitutional, something in doubt, it wouldn’t have any affect on the reasonableness of defendant’s stop for violating it, and the exclusionary rule would not apply. Factually, the officer said he couldn’t see into … Continue reading

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IL: For “immediately apparent” in plain view, only “practical, nontechnical” probability that incriminating evidence is involved is required

On the incriminating nature of an object in plain view being “immediately apparent,” “[a]ll that is required is a ‘“practical, nontechnical”’ probability that incriminating evidence is involved.” People v. Molnar, 2021 IL App (2d) 190289, 2021 Ill. App. LEXIS 192 … Continue reading

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ID: Violation of citizen’s arrest statute not a const’l violation; no suppression

The officer arrested defendant for a completed misdemeanor of stealing a cell phone not occurring in his presence. The manager of the place where it happened wanted defendant arrested. The officer and the manager never informed defendant this was a … Continue reading

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DE: Exclusionary rule not designed to prohibit extra-territorial GPS tracking with warrant

In this post-conviction case, defense counsel didn’t raise the question of extraterritorial monitoring of a warrant installed GPS device. It was installed in 2015 [post-Jones] to track defendant who was an accomplished [except for getting caught] burglar. The court doesn’t … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Suppression or dismissal aren’t remedies for violation of Right to Financial Privacy Act

Grand jury subpoenas are a proper method of obtaining bank records under the Right to Financial Privacy Act enacted after Miller. Also, suppression and dismissal aren’t remedies under the Act. United States v. Lundahl, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52211 (D.S.D. … Continue reading

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