Category Archives: Franks doctrine

PA: Motions for return of property seized by SW are addressed to judge supervising the GJ that sought them

Motions for return of property seized by search warrant issued for a Statewide Investigating Grand Jury are to be addressed to the judge supervising the grand jury. In re Return of Seized Property, 2019 Pa. LEXIS 3845 (July 17, 2019). … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: Govt gets benefit of GFE which overrides Franks [without sufficiently telling us why]

Defendant twice asked the USMJ for a Franks hearing and never got one. On review, application of the good faith exception is sustained. “Here, the Government has shown that McMahon and the other law enforcement officers that executed the search … Continue reading

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UT: 40 minute delay for dog was reasonable where it was tied up in another part of same investigation

The 40 minute delay for the dog sniff, already based on reasonable suspicion, was reasonable. The dog was at a residence related to the same investigation then came to where the car was stopped. The court also mentions the weather … Continue reading

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CA6: Complaint about minor irrelevant details doesn’t satisfy Franks burden

Defendant failed to satisfy his pleading burden under Franks about the omission of “several seemingly irrelevant details excluded from the affidavit” for which materiality isn’t attempted to be shown. United States v. Shaffer, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 20200 (6th Cir. … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Govt bears burden of showing attachment limiting search was actually attached, and it failed

For the government to rely on the good faith exception by claiming the attachment limiting the warrant was attached to the search warrant, it bears the burden of showing that, and it didn’t. United States v. Chang, 2019 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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CA8: Second attempt at knock-and-talk wasn’t unreasonable under Jardines

Officers went to defendant’s home for a knock-and-talk and could smell green marijuana. Their second attempt at a knock-and-talk wasn’t unreasonable under Jardines. United States v. White, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 19446 (8th Cir. June 28, 2019). “Ferguson, however, does … Continue reading

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CA6: Dist Ct erred in concluding it was reasonable to believe ptf abandoned his home; finding of QI reversed

The district court erred in granting qualified immunity to officers who decided that the plaintiff had abandoned his rented home by disclaiming ownership in the property. He was clearly a guest at the minimum or a renter at most, and … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Record supports def abandoned CD-Rom of CP

The record supports the conclusion that defendant abandoned a CD-Rom of child pornography, and defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not pursuing it. Rogers v. Sec’y, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107788 (M.D. Fla. June 27, 2019).* The trial court’s finding there … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: Ptf sufficiently pled a civil Franks claim that survives summary judgment and QI

Plaintiff sufficiently pled a civil Franks claim that survives summary judgment and qualified immunity. Wooden v. Armenteros, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106113 (S.D. Fla. June 25, 2019).* “At this stage of the proceedings, viewing the evidence in the light most … Continue reading

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MA: SW in ongoing criminal enterprise was based on “powerful evidence”

“A Superior Court judge erred in granting a criminal defendant’s pretrial motion to suppress evidence seized by police from the defendant’s home and place of business, where the affidavit in support of the search warrants contained sufficient information to justify … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: Waving a gun at a crowd is PC for assault

Defendant’s waving a gun at a crowd was probable cause, and it was on video. United States v. Leonard, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97917 (S.D. Fla. June 11, 2019).* “The defendants have not shown that Det. Miller was reckless or … Continue reading

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CA6: No QI immunity in an alleged unreasonable opposite sex strip search at jail with alleged unreasonable touching

Plaintiff overcame qualified immunity in her suit against five male jailers who stripped searched her and allegedly touched her genitalia and breasts when she was nude in wrestling her on the floor at book-in. Because of a spit mask they … Continue reading

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