Category Archives: Reasonable expectation of privacy

NY4: No REP in a handgun placed under car bumper in driveway at sidewalk visible from off the property

When defendant saw the police car at night, he crouched down behind the rear bumper of his minivan and stood up. The officers could see a gun there, and it was approximately at where the sidewalk and the driveway met. … Continue reading

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E.D.Cal.: Def’s “‘bald assertion that he was an overnight guest,’ and nothing more, is certainly insufficient to establish that he had a legitimate” REP

Defendant was in a motel room coming out of the shower when the police came in. His own assertion he was an overnight guest for the previous two nights alone was insufficient to show his standing. United States v. McDaniels, … Continue reading

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NY: Stop for center brake light being out was reasonable basis under statute

The trial court’s grant of the motion to suppress was error. The officer’s reading of the functioning brake light statute was reasonable that the center light being out was cause for a stop. People v. Pena, 2020 NY Slip Op … Continue reading

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FL1: No REP in GPS installed in car def borrowed from a friend

Defendant had taken a car from a friend, and the car had a GPS installed by agreement between the owner and the finance company. The car owner didn’t know whether it had been stolen, and reported it to the police. … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Def’s subjective expectation of privacy in Chatstep isn’t enough for a REP

Defendant’s subjective expectation that communications on Chatstep were private isn’t enough for a reasonable expectation of privacy. United States v. Rosenschein, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 211433 (D.N.M. Nov. 12, 2020):

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CA5: No standing or REP in the CSLI of another

Defendant didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy (standing) in the movements of a cell phone of another. Still, it was with a warrant, and there is no defect in the warrant process. United States v. Beaudion, 2020 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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M.D.Pa.: Trash pull alone didn’t add up to PC, but GFE applies

The affidavit didn’t have enough information to corroborate the trash pull, but the evidence is apparent that the officer relied on it in good faith. United States v. Ray, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207885 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 6, 2020):

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CA4: Baltimore’s aerial surveillance program doesn’t violate 4A

Baltimore PD’s Aerial Investigative Research program (AIR) does not violate the reasonable expectation of privacy of Baltimore residents, and denial of the preliminary injunction is affirmed on appeal. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle v. Baltimore Police Dep’t, 2020 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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CA2: NY Family Court orders can suffice as SWs

“New York Family Court orders provide an independent basis for police officers to enter peoples’ homes. We have repeatedly recognized that, ‘[i]n child-abuse investigations, a Family Court order is equivalent to a search warrant for Fourth Amendment purposes.’ Southerland v. … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: Leaving suitcase in an open grassy area is a loss of a REP in it

Defendant left his suitcase in an open grassy area, and that was a waiver any reasonable expectation of privacy in it. See United States v. Wilson, 984 F. Supp. 2d 676 (E.D. Ky. 2013) (leaving suitcase in a cemetery was … Continue reading

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N.D.W.Va.: A pipe in a car that could have legitimate uses still was incriminating enough for plain view

A pipe logically and usually used for smoking pot was seized in plain view because its incriminating nature was immediately apparent. The fact it could be used for legal substances doesn’t detract from that. United States v. Runner, 2020 U.S. … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: While one’s roof is on the curtilage, it lacks a REP

Defendant’s roof was not a place with a reasonable expectation of privacy despite the fact it was on the curtilage (decided in the context of an ineffective assistance of counsel claim). Davis v. United States, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 201562 … Continue reading

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TX5: HIPAA doesn’t create REP in blood toxicology for medical treatment later used in DUI

HIPAA doesn’t create a reasonable expectation of privacy in one’s blood sample obtained for medical treatment. HIPAA recognizes criminal process to obtain it. Consuelo v. State, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 8460 (Tex. App. – Dallas Oct. 27, 2020). Any lack … Continue reading

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CA7: Ptf was a trespasser who had no REP

Plaintiff as a trespasser had no reasonable expectation of privacy to make a Fourth Amendment complaint. “Just as a trespasser has no reasonable expectation of privacy in the property, a trespasser also lacks a possessory interest in the property. The … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Def had no REP in his employer’s information he was accused of taking

Defendant is charged with accessing and taking his employer’s information for the purpose of setting up a rival company doing the same thing. His motion to suppress the information is denied because he has no reasonable expectation of privacy in … Continue reading

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CA11: Carpenter doesn’t require SW for prescription drug monitoring program records

In this pill mill case, Carpenter provides no protection for third party records and information in the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). United States v. Gayden, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 32030 (11th Cir. Oct. 9, 2020):

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