Category Archives: Franks doctrine

DC: Accepting a law license is consent to trust account subpoenas

Being a lawyer with a trust account, lawyer’s consent to subpoenas for their trust account. The lawyer’s argument that it’s an unreasonable search is frivolous. In re Doman, 2024 D.C. App. LEXIS 191 (May 16, 2024). Defendant didn’t show standing … Continue reading

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LA5: No standing to challenge search of shooting victim’s cell phone in def’s possession

Defendant lacked standing to challenge the search of his shooting victim’s cell phone. Also, by statute the search of the phone more than 10 days after seizure was reasonable. State v. Lowry, 2024 La. App. LEXIS 804 (La. App. 5 … Continue reading

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MA: Mere denial is not a “substantial preliminary showing” for Franks

The issuing magistrate had probable cause to issue a search warrant for possible child pornography because the affidavit contained the officer’s description of an image depicting nude juveniles from 13-15 years, and the tip provider employee’s personal observation of the … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: A search for stored video evidence must necessarily be broad; where could it be stored?

A search for stored video evidence must necessarily be broad because of the types of things on which it could be stored. United States v. Mila, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84465 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 4, 2024), adopted, 2024 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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A word about Franks issues

Defendant’s quibbling¹ over the word choices in the affidavit didn’t provide a “substantial preliminary showing” for Franks. Review shows it wasn’t even inaccurate. United States v. Pettigrew, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 11328 (6th Cir. May 7, 2024).* [¹My choice of … Continue reading

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CA5: Franks civil case pleads enough to overcome QI

Plaintiff showed sufficient facts to support a § 1983 Franks claim for false statements supporting probable cause for arrest. Franks is clearly established law. Hughes v. Garcia, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 10922 (5th Cir. May 3, 2024). “Based upon our … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: Def waived his Franks by providing nothing to show what’s what

“Although Defendant suggests that a Franks-like challenge was made during the suppression hearings in the Puerto Rico state court, he fails to develop any type of Franks argument in this case. Indeed, Defendant does not provide copies of the search … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Preliminary hearing moots claim of lack of PC for arrest

If an arrest lacks probable cause, the preliminary hearing can moot that. Taylor v. Szewc, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57791 (D. Kan. Mar. 29, 2024). Omitted information about the CI doesn’t support this Franks challenge. United States v. Williams, 2024 … Continue reading

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CA4: Tracking order using cell site simulator with PC was reasonable

The use of a cell site simulator to track defendant’s phone was conducted by a tracking order issued under state law with probable cause. Tracking him led the police to his place, and then a search warrant issued for the … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Even if def’s DNA was not obtained by consent, inevitable discovery applies

Even if defendant’s DNA was obtained by coercion, inevitable discovery applies. United States v. Montoya, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77952 (D.N.M. Apr. 29, 2024).* A description of video of a shooting incident that identifies defendant, on independent review, was not … Continue reading

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D.Me.: Alleged statutory violation doesn’t warrant exclusionary rule

In a search of medical records, records were seized in excess of the scope of a prior Patient Records Order for information other than patient drug abuse, but that did not warrant suppression here because the Fourth Amendment was not … Continue reading

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CA6: Asking def before a patdown during arrest what he had on him wasn’t barred by Miranda

Asking defendant before a patdown during arrest what he had on him wasn’t barred by Miranda. United States v. Lester, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 9162 (6th Cir. Apr. 16, 2024). The evidence supports the trial court’s conclusion defendant consented to … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Three Franks challenges, one successful

Defendant succeeds in his Franks challenge. After a hearing, it was more likely than not that there was a false statement at least recklessly made, and it was material: “For these reasons, the Court finds that the false statement included … Continue reading

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CA7: No IAC in failure to more aggressively pursue Franks challenge

Defense counsel acted reasonably in how he pursued defendant’s suppression motion founded on Franks in not arguing more stringently for bad faith. Here, defendant was charged in state court with child pornography. His motion to suppress the search was granted. … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Heroin and three guns in plain view was exigency for entry with child alone inside

Police knowing that defendant’s 12-year-old son was in the house alone with a significant quantity of heroin and three firearms all in plain view was exigency for entry. There also previous complaints to Family Services. United States v. Woodard, 2024 … Continue reading

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CA9: Officer stopping to check on an already stopped motorcycle wasn’t a seizure

Defendant’s motorcycle was already stopped on the side of the road. The officer pulling up to check on him wasn’t a seizure. United States v. Melgoza, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 8384 (9th Cir. Apr. 8, 2024). FISA warrants have a … Continue reading

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OH5: A replevin action can’t be used to suppress evidence seized by SW

A replevin action can’t be used to suppress evidence seized by search warrant. Glass v. Del. Cty. Sheriff’s Office, 2024-Ohio-1301, 2024 Ohio App. LEXIS 1235 (5th Dist. Apr. 4, 2024). Defendant fails his Franks burden, and the warrant wasn’t stale. … Continue reading

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CA8: Motel operator could consent to search for drugs he found cleaning room, and defendant didn’t even know

Defendant rented a hotel room for two nights. He was warned no illegal conduct. After the first night, the motel operator entered to clean the room. The mattress had been moved, so the operator lifted it to move it back … Continue reading

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CA10: Def’s possession of a gun six days ago can add to RS now

In the reasonable suspicion calculus, the fact defendant had a gun six days earlier can be a factor in reasonable suspicion now. United States v. Minners, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 7734 (10th Cir. Apr. 2, 2024). Plaintiffs were loaded on … Continue reading

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TX: Refusal to consent can’t be part of RS

“The court of appeals should not have considered Appellant’s lawful refusal to consent to the search of his truck when determining if the facts of this case gave rise to reasonable suspicion. Instead, the court of appeals should have considered … Continue reading

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