Category Archives: Curtilage

CA9: Failure to argue curtilage was violated in district court barred argument on appeal

Viewing photographs of the scene, the district court could conclude that the officers could see defendant with methamphetamine in his garage. “Tran did not argue below that the officers unlawfully entered the curtilage of Chong’s home and therefore waived this … Continue reading

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D.N.H.: Long driveway was not curtilage; that was marked by the gate nearer the house

Defendant had a long driveway, and officers drove up the driveway. It was not part of the curtilage. A gate at the end, however, did mark the curtilage. After that, consent to enter was granted. United States v. Smith, 2017 … Continue reading

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HI: Fly-over of curtilage at 420′ violated REP under state constitution

Three fly-overs over the curtilage, one at 420′, was a violation of the Hawai’i Constitution, following the California Supreme Court in People v. Cook (1985). The Hawai’i Supreme Court differs from the Intermediate Court of Appeals on its analysis going … Continue reading

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Cert. granted: Collins v. Virginia (does automobile exception apply to search a vehicle parked near to a house on curtilage)

Cert. granted: Collins v. Virginia, 16-1027 (ScotusBlog) Issue: Whether the Fourth Amendment’s automobile exception permits a police officer, uninvited and without a warrant, to enter private property, approach a house and search a vehicle parked a few feet from the … Continue reading

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OH7: Enclosed porch door was curtilage, but inside door was threshold door

Defendant’s house had an unlocked porch door and a door inside. The porch door was part of the curtilage, but it was reasonable for persons visiting to go to the inside door and knock. “Based on this record, the facts … Continue reading

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OH1: Leaving drug house under surveillance for two weeks was RS

It was reasonable suspicion for defendant to visit a house under surveillance for two weeks as a drug house with detailed collection of information about comings and goings. State v. Donohue, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 3668 (1st Dist. Aug. 25, … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: No standing in a stolen car

The stop was justified by a seatbelt violation, but defendant didn’t have standing because the car was stolen. United States v. Joseph, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123893 (M.D. La. Aug. 7, 2017). The landing in front of an apartment is … Continue reading

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N.D.Ind.: Use of drug dog in hotel hallway wasn’t at all like invading the curtilage in Jardines

Use of a drug dog in a hotel hallway that produced an alert on defendant’s room’s door was not unreasonble under Jardines. A hotel hallway, accessible to many people, cannot be compared to the curtilage of a home. United States … Continue reading

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N.D.Fla.: Entry onto 3-4 acre plot for knock-and-talk lawfully entered curtilage

Defendant lived on a 3-4 acre plot, and police lawfully entered through an open gate to conduct a knock-and-talk at defendant’s door. Exactly where the curtilage ends isn’t clear, but it certainly was close to the house where they were. … Continue reading

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IL: A dog sniff on the third floor apartment doors of an unlocked building violated Jardines

A dog sniff on the third floor apartment doors of an unlocked building violated Jardines. The sniff occurred two years after Jardines. People v. Bonilla, 2017 IL App (3d) 160457, 2017 Ill. App. LEXIS 380 (June 14, 2017):

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IL: Officer reaching into vestibule of home violated curtilage

The officer’s reaching into the vestibule of a two-unit apartment building intruded into an area with a reasonable expectation of privacy under Jardines. The building was essentially a one family dwelling. People v. Martin, 2017 IL App (1st) 143255, 2017 … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Driveway not curtilage for dog sniff of car

Relying on United States v. Beene, 818 F.3d 157 (5th Cir. 2016) (posted here), defendant’s car parked on the driveway in front of his home was subject to a dog sniff as if it was on the street. Because of … Continue reading

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