Category Archives: Franks doctrine

D.C.Cir.: Omission of robbery victim’s failure to ID def didn’t cut either way in Franks analysis; PC still existed

Omission of a non-identification of defendant as a robber was not material for Franks. “Even viewing the omitted non-identification as a material omission, probable cause for the search did not rise or fall on the identification of Dorman as the … Continue reading

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M.D.N.C.: SW for stolen tractor lawn mower didn’t support plain view in house of firearm

A search warrant for a stolen tractor lawn mower didn’t support a plain view in defendant’s house for alleged illegal firearms because they aren’t per se unlawful to possess. They could have been registered. United States v. White, 2017 U.S. … Continue reading

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M.D.Pa.: Def’s matching citizen informant’s description and location was RS, and his flight was PC

The detailed description given by a 911 calling citizen informant was reasonable suspicion when defendant was seen matching the description. When police approached him, defendant ran, and that was probable cause. United States v. King, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88514 … Continue reading

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W.D.Va.: Misstatement of crack v. powder cocaine wasn’t Franks violation

In a 2255 case, it wasn’t ineffective assistance for defense counsel to fail to make a Franks challenge to a misstatement of crack v. powder cocaine in a search warrant application. United States v. Moyer, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79279 … Continue reading

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MI: Taking ptf’s photo and prints after a valid arrest did not violate 4A

The taking of plaintiff’s photograph and fingerprints after an apparently valid arrest was not a clearly established violation of the Fourth Amendment where he was innocent of a crime. Plaintiff did not contest his arrest, but he contended that the … Continue reading

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CA1: Misstatement Alpha-PVP was in package instead of Alpha-PHP was not material nor in bad faith

The affidavit for search warrant was based on a customs search of a package destined for delivery in Maine that the contents was Alpha-PVP, which is how it looked and field tested as MDMA. Later lab analysis showed it was … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: The Franks doctrine applies only to factual misstatements, not legal conclusions

Following United States v. Barnes, 126 F. Supp. 3d 735, 740 (E.D. La. 2015), the Franks doctrine applies only to factual misstatements, not legal conclusions. United States v. Tabares, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186540 (N.D.Ga. June 3, 2016), adopted, 2017 … Continue reading

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D.S.C.: Motorcycle owner’s GPS tracked to def’s backyard; no Franks violation in the SW affidavit because it was really backyard

The owner of a motorcycle had a GPS tracker on it, and he reported to the police that it was pinging at defendant’s address. Defendant’s claim that the affidavit for the search warrant for defendant’s address violated Franks because the … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: SW materials not yet releasable because investigation is ongoing; defense can get it later

The search warrant materials in this case are not released yet because the case is still pretrial and there is investigative and CI information that shouldn’t be disclosed yet. “In evaluating a common law claim of access to judicial documents, … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Omission from affidavit that 5 prior searches of def’s home found nothing wasn’t material where PC was shown yet again

Omission from the affidavit for search warrant that five prior searches at defendant’s residence for drugs had proved fruitless was not material where there was a separate showing of probable cause for this search warrant. The good faith exception also … Continue reading

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