Category Archives: Reasonable expectation of privacy

MD: Use of text messaging is not a waiver of REP for spousal privilege

The state obtained text messages by legal process and admitted them at trial, arguing that the Verizon service agreement was a waiver of any reasonable expectation of privacy in third party records. It is not a waiver of spousal privilege … Continue reading

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KY: Police use of license plate reader violates no REP

Police use of a license plate reader that led to finding a warrant on the owner violated no reasonable expectation of privacy. Traft v. Commonwealth, 2018 Ky. LEXIS 68 (Feb. 15, 2018). In a state wiretapping case over the legal … Continue reading

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NY2: Morning eviction led to trespassing claim in afternoon, and police entry was valid; no REP after eviction

All the occupants of an apartment were evicted in the morning. Stragglers didn’t vacate. The building manager reported trespassers to the police and they came and entered. They found eight guns in defendant’s possession. Because of the eviction, nobody had … Continue reading

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Ars Technica: Why cops [think they] won’t need a warrant to pull the data off your autonomous car

Ars Technica: Why cops won’t need a warrant to pull the data off your autonomous car by Cyrus Farivar. Said a local law enforcement officer: “It’s like instant replay in the NFL; I can tell what happened.”

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Cal.4th: No statutory or inherent authority for a court to impose a search condition as a condition of bail

There is no statutory or inherent authority for a court to impose a search condition as a condition of bail. The defendant is still presumed innocent and still has a reasonable expectation of privacy. In re Webb, 2018 Cal. App. … Continue reading

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DE: No REP in recorded jail calls [obviously]

Defense counsel was not ineffective for not objecting to defendant’s jail calls that he knew were monitored and recorded. Hubbard v. State, 2018 Del. LEXIS 34 (Jan. 25, 2018).* A drug raid led to a strip search of defendant in … Continue reading

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CO: Def had no REP in the GPS his bondsman made him wear

The defendant was on bail, and his bondsman monitored him by GPS. The police obtained the GPS information to connect him to another crime. He had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the bondsman’s GPS. People v. Campbell, 2018 COA … Continue reading

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CA9: Police officers have no REP in their own body camera videos

Police officers have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their own body camera videos. Santa Ana Police Officers Association v. City of Santa Ana, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1980 (9th Cir. Jan. 25, 2018):

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E.D.Ky.: Jail call to wife that def knew would be recorded not privileged

In a jail call, marital privilege succumbs to the lack of a reasonable expectation of privacy because defendant knew his calls were being recorded. As to a letter to his wife in his cell, it disclosed a request to her … Continue reading

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New Law Review Article: “The Myth of Fourth Amendment Circularity”

Lior Strahilevitz & Matthew Kugler, The Myth of Fourth Amendment Circularity, 84 U. Chi L. Rev. 1747 (2017): “Our findings suggest that popular privacy expectations are far more stable than most judges and commentators have been assuming.” Meaning what? To … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: General description of a handyman’s tools as “miscellaneous tools” did not make the inventory “defective”

General description of a handyman’s tools as “miscellaneous tools” did not make the inventory “defective.” United States v. Bruce, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7387 (D.S.D. Jan 17, 2018). “Although the affidavit in the instant case could have provided more information … Continue reading

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Condé Nast Traveler: Why Hotel ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs Are Disappearing

Condé Nast Traveler: Why Hotel ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs Are Disappearing by Mark Ellwood Your right to sleeping in may come second to some bigger issues.

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