Category Archives: Probable cause

W.D.Va.: Def counsel’s decision not to pursue a motion to suppress was reasonable and designed to prevent superseding indictment with higher MM

Defense counsel’s decision not to pursue a motion to suppress was reasonable under the circumstances. Defendant was already facing a 60 month minimum. The government made clear that they had additional counts they could bring but wouldn’t if the defense … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Drugs don’t have to be forensically tested after a controlled buy for there to be PC

The CI was corroborated and the totality gives probable cause. The fact that the drugs were not tested prior to the search warrant doesn’t undermine the probable cause or good faith because the officer could tell what it probably was. … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: City DPW employee had REP in backpack in a city work vehicle; city couldn’t consent to its search

Defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in her backpack in a city work vehicle despite a city policy that city work vehicles can’t be used for illegal purposes. Consent to search the backpack could not be given by defendant’s … Continue reading

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AL: Def waived REP in cell phone by leaving it at crime scene

Defendant waived any reasonable expectation of privacy in his cell phone by leaving it at the crime scene. Tolbert v. State, 2018 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 65 (Oct. 15, 2018). The child pornography affidavit for search warrant wasn’t a “model … Continue reading

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DE: Officer’s training and experience in intoxicated drivers was relevant and significant to the PC showing

The officer’s training and experience in intoxicated drivers was relevant and significant to the probable cause showing in the affidavit for defendant’s BAC. He was not a mere layperson making an observation as defendant says. State v. Law, 2018 Del. … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Affidavit for SW showed fair probability cell phone was used in crime

“The Court finds there was a fair probability that Defendant was using the cell phone in furtherance of drug trafficking and money laundering and that physical location data for that phone would lead to evidence, fruits, or instrumentalities of those … Continue reading

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N.D.W.Va.: SW lacked PC and was not particular: “his search warrant is among the broadest and most general warrants that have been reviewed by” this judge

The search warrant for defendant’s computer was essentially based on a hunch that it contained evidence in a homicide case, but the affidavit fails to state what. In a lengthy analysis, the court finds the computer warrant lacking in probable … Continue reading

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IA: The facts showing RS can also add up to PC

The facts supporting reasonable suspicion to stop defendant were enough for probable cause, and add to that the fact defendant slowed down and tossed a baggie of marijuana from the car. Mention in a search warrant of a Nevada drug … Continue reading

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OH4: Specific evidence not required for each element of a crime for PC to exist

The affidavit for the search warrant showed probable cause on the totality for marijuana on defendant’s property. Defendant’s flight when seeing the officers only added to it. Probable cause does not require the same type of specific evidence of each … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: CI’s been buying heroin from def for 3 years, and that’s PC

The named CI’s statement she’d been buying heroin from defendant for three years was probable cause. United States v. Haqq, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165936 (W.D. Ky. Sep. 27, 2018).* Probable cause here was based on the CI’s statement and … Continue reading

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DE: Police corroborated masked juvenile robber’s identity enough to get SW for his place

Defendant juvenile was in a Walgreens with his stepfather, and the sales clerk suspected he’d robbed them two weeks earlier wearing the same clothes. The Walgreens reward number of the father was used to track the address of the juvenile. … Continue reading

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IA: Even removing the CI’s information from the affidavit, there was still PC for the search

“Even if we were to excise the complained of information–the information obtained from anonymous tipsters and the references in the warrant application concerning sightings of Gully at the residence in previous years–the issuing magistrate still had a substantial basis for … Continue reading

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