Category Archives: Probable cause

S.D.Tex.: Third Leon test essentially shores up PC here

The affidavit for the child pornography search warrant here was issued at least with a reasonable belief in probable cause under the third Leon test. [The court should have just found probable cause because it certainly looks like there is … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: CP SW not stale [are they ever?]

The search warrant for child pornography was not stale, based on the officer’s experience. [Since no case has ever found staleness in child pornography cases, why don’t they just cut to the chase and take judicial notice?] United States v. … Continue reading

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CA2: Correcting the alleged false statements in affidavit still leaves PC so officials have QI

Deleting the allegedly false information from the affidavit for search warrant leaving it as a “corrected” affidavit under Franks, there still was a fair probability for probable cause. That there might be other explanations doesn’t undermine probable cause. Therefore, defendants … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: Def’s having keys and free access to girlfriend’s apt gives him standing, but the protective sweep was clearly justified

Defendant has standing to challenge the search of his girlfriend’s apartment because he has keys and stays there when he wants to without limitation. “Therefore, the Defendant argues that the Defendant has at least as much of a privacy interest … Continue reading

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OH2: Somebody leaning in car window then leaving when police approach is not PC

Somebody leaning in the car window to talk to defendant then walking away as police approached is not probable cause to believe a drug deal just went down. Suppression motion should have been granted. State v. Ward, 2017-Ohio-8141, 2017 Ohio … Continue reading

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NC: Make and model of a firearm isn’t required for PC as long as it’s described as similar

That a gun matched the description of defendant’s gun was still probable cause on this record. The police didn’t have to have the make and model of the gun to have probable cause. State v. Messer, 2017 N.C. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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CA6: Alleged defect in state arrest warrant was irrelevant under the 4A where there was PC

Defendant’s arrest under a purportedly defective Georgia arrest warrant was irrelevant under the Fourth Amendment because there was plenty of probable cause for it. Specifically, defendant contended that the officers needed an incident report or something that showed probable cause … Continue reading

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TX14: Def’s gf’s private search of his cell phone finding CP wasn’t unreasonable search

Defendant’s girlfriend had free access to his cell phone because the password on the phone was shared with her and it was the same as the PIN on his debit card which she also used. She conducted a valid private … Continue reading

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NPR: Supreme Court Case Asks: How Much Do Partygoers Need To Know About The Party House?

NPR: Supreme Court Case Asks: How Much Do Partygoers Need To Know About The Party House? by Nina Totenberg Supreme Court justices this week looked at whether police can arrest people who they mistakenly believe are trespassing.

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TN: SW issuing magistrates have only district-wide jurisdiction and couldn’t issue SW here

By statute, magistrates issuing search warrants have only district-wide jurisdiction, and here the magistrate lacked authority to issue the search warrant at issue. The state did not show any exceptions. State v. Frazier, 2017 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 861 (Sept. … Continue reading

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