Category Archives: Protective sweep

CA5: Even a mistaken critical fact to nexus can still be reasonable for GFE

An asserted fact in the search warrant affidavit that was critical to the target of the search and thus the place to be searched proved to be wrong, which the officer revealed when he learned. Still, the search warrant was … Continue reading

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MA: SW for firearm permitted frisk of people inside for weapons

A search warrant for defendant’s premises permitted a frisk of his person for firearms when the object of the search warrant was firearms. Commonwealth v. Suggs, 2021 Mass. App. LEXIS 91 (Aug. 4, 2021). The jury verdict for choking the … Continue reading

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CA8: Protective sweep justified by multiple factors: maybe guns, movement and maybe others inside

“Assuming without deciding that Thompson has ‘standing’ to challenge the search, the protective sweep was justified.” “There was good reason here for a sweep. First, Thompson was suspected of stealing several guns from a pawn shop in a burglary, committing … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Def’s response to a SDT showed records existed for later SW; not stale

Defendant’s receipt of and response to a subpoena for fraud records in an older fraud case established timeliness and lack of staleness when the government decided to proceed by search warrant instead. Staleness is a question of probable cause. United … Continue reading

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W.D.Tenn.: SW for person is not limited like a protective sweep

A search warrant for a person is not limited as a protective sweep. It was not unreasonable to look under box springs. United States v. Johnson, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132835 (W.D.Tenn. July 16, 2021). The protective sweep in the … Continue reading

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CA7: Confrontation clause doesn’t apply in suppression hearings

The confrontation clause does not apply in suppression hearings. United States v. Bebris, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 20974 (7th Cir. July 15, 2021). The apartment’s search warrant was for evidence of drug sales from it. Those found there at the … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Hot pursuit of man with gun into apt was reasonable; and it wasn’t his apt

Defendant didn’t have standing to contest a warrantless entry into his close friend’s apartment when he was hiding there from the police after having fled an apparent arrest. They were also in hot pursuit of a man with a gun. … Continue reading

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VA: “[T]he acquisition of real-time CSLI data to locate a fleeing murder suspect in an exigent circumstance is permissible under Carpenter.”

“[T]he acquisition of real-time CSLI data to locate a fleeing murder suspect in an exigent circumstance is permissible under Carpenter.” Moreno v. Commonwealth, 2021 Va. App. LEXIS 91 (June 15, 2021). The community caretaking exception did not justify officers’ opening … Continue reading

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CA6: Protective sweep under a couch was reasonable

The government showed that a protective sweep under a couch was reasonably justified in looking for a person. United States v. Vanhook, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 17245 (6th Cir. June 10, 2021). The contents of recorded jail telephone calls coupled … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Delayed stop and furtive movements justified vehicle frisk

“The Court concludes that the protective sweep exception applies. When the officers first attempted to pull Canada over, Canada took an abnormal amount of time to stop his vehicle, despite a clear roadway with no obstructions. The officers testified that … Continue reading

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MD: Not IAC for defense counsel to confirm witness testimony before filing motion to suppress; which here didn’t matter

Defendant contended the search of his place was before the warrant issued at 12:01 am March 1st. It was not ineffective assistance for counsel to attempt to talk to witnesses before filing a motion to suppress. Even if the police … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Protective sweep of hotel room of armored car robbery suspect was reasonable

“Here, the uncontested facts justify a protective sweep of the hotel room. Detective Holmes testified that at the time of Defendant’s arrest, there was still a suspect in the armored truck robbery at-large whose whereabouts were unknown. … As such, … Continue reading

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N.D.Okla.: Not readily finding def in his motel room justified its protective sweep

The protective sweep of defendant’s motel room was reasonable, and it was also justified by a search waiver. There was a woman in the room who was not the defendant they were looking for. United States v. Banegas, 2021 U.S. … Continue reading

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OH10: Citizen informant’s complaint of def flashing gun from car justifies frisk of person and car

A citizen informant’s complaint defendant flashed a gun was justification for both a patdown and a protective weapons search of his car. State v. Shalash, 2021-Ohio-1034, 2021 Ohio App. LEXIS 1043 (10th Dist. Mar. 30, 2021). Calling for a drug … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: Govt showed justification for protective sweep of person then car

“The firearms and drugs were found during the protective sweep of the passenger area of the vehicle. The initial stop and pat-down of Defendant were justified under Terry, and the subsequent protective sweep of the car for weapons was a … Continue reading

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CA6: Def doesn’t show arrest was delayed to facilitate better protective sweep

The protective sweep finding defendant’s guns on execution of his arrest warrant was reasonable. Defendant does not show that the officers intentionally delayed his arrest with the purpose of exploiting a protective sweep. United States v. Cammon, 2021 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: Facebook is not a government actor

Facebook is not a government actor, even if NCMEC is under the Tenth Ciruit’s Ackerman. United States v. Sykes, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9580 (E.D. Tenn. Jan. 19, 2021). 46 days from a child pornography download by the government to … Continue reading

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KY: Smell of burning marijuana from a house alone is not exigency

The entry here could not be justified as a protective sweep because of a lack of reason to believe the person sought was there. It also can’t be justified by exigency because of the smell of burning marijuana alone. Nothing … Continue reading

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CA10: Uncertainty def was alone inside justified protective sweep

The consenter’s uncertainty that defendant was alone in the apartment justified a protective sweep, and ultimately she consented and the evidence supports that conclusion. United States v. Phyfier, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 133 (11th Cir. Jan. 5, 2021). [Even so, … Continue reading

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TX3: No “sua sponte duty” in trial court to suppress evidence that the defense didn’t move to suppress

The trial court has no “sua sponte duty” to suppress evidence that the defense didn’t move to suppress. Chila v. State, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 10219 (Tex. App. – Austin Dec. 23, 2020). Police along with USMs entered defendant’s place … Continue reading

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