Category Archives: Ineffective assistance

OH2: 911 call not anonymous for RS purposes because number captured

A 911 call wasn’t anonymous because the number called from was captured. “‘Some factors that significantly support the reliability of an anonymous tip include: “eyewitness knowledge”; a “contemporaneous report”; the fact that an event is startling; and use of the … Continue reading

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CA6: While federal law requires RS for a supervised release search, it wasn’t error for district court here to permit suspicionless searches

District court did not plainly err in imposing a suspicionless search condition separate from federal law that normally requires reasonable suspicion. United States v. Sulik, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 10450 (6th Cir. Mar. 31, 2020). “Nothing in the record suggests … Continue reading

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CA11: Generic state 4A post-conviction petition with no citation of authority waived state claims

A generic state claim for post-conviction relief for ineffective assistance in counsel of a Fourth Amendment claim that cited nothing was no claim at all, and didn’t toll § 2254 limitations. “Dunn’s September 2015 motion merely asserted that her convictions … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: IAC shown for failure to move to suppress arrest in own home

Defendant satisfied his burden of showing ineffective assistance of counsel for defense counsel’s failure to file a motion to suppress that the entry into the house violated the Fourth Amendment and this tainted defendant’s consent. There is no strategic reason … Continue reading

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OH9: IAC claim defendant pled guilty because of IAC in suppression hearing doesn’t show causal connection

“Mr. Bramos does not allege that his counsel’s statements to the trial court during the suppression hearing had any bearing on his decision to plead no contest more than two weeks later. We, therefore, conclude that Mr. Bramos has failed … Continue reading

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CA5: Statute of limitations for malicious prosecution starts at acquittal

“As should be apparent, Winfrey controls. Since Fusilier is challenging ‘an unlawful [detention] pursuant to a warrant’ that the defendants caused to be issued because of ‘misstatements,’ Fusilier’s claim best fits with a malicious prosecution analogy. Winfrey, 901 F.3d at … Continue reading

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N.D.Fla.: Unsupported habeas claim that SWs were forged inadequate

“Watson’s unsubstantiated ‘belief’ that the warrants were forged does not raise the specter of a constitutional violation, and she offers nothing else in support of this claim. Furthermore, her claim in Ground Three that counsel was constitutionally ineffective because he … Continue reading

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CA11: Failure to join in the codef’s motion to suppress is waiver

Failure to join in the codefendant’s motion to suppress is waiver. United States v. Russa, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 9288 (11th Cir. Mar. 25, 2020). In a 2254 COA: “Assuming that counsel was deficient in failing to raise the plain-view … Continue reading

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D.Md.: Matters not told to def counsel about search can’t form basis of IAC claim

Defendant asserts a basis for suppression of his search that apparently was never communicated to counsel during the representation. Defense counsel wasn’t deficient. Hill v. United States, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48664 (D. Md. Mar. 20, 2020). Plaintiff was shot … Continue reading

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CA9: Facial challenge to housing inspection ordinance fails because there is an administrative warrant provision

Plaintiffs’ facial challenge to Los Angeles’ housing inspection ordinance fails because it isn’t unconstitutional in all applications. An administrative warrant provision is provided for. Garris v. City of Los Angeles, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 8361 (9th Cir. Mar. 17, 2020). … Continue reading

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CA11: Prowler call at 1:30 am and def being only person out dressed all in black with improbable story was RS

The officer responded to a 911 call of a prowler in a neighborhood at 1:30 am. The only person out was defendant, dressed all in black which the officer found regularly happened in prowler calls. When confronted, defendant said he … Continue reading

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CA2: Eyewitness report and identification of ptf was probable cause for arrest

Eyewitness report and identification was probable cause for arrest, so summary judgment was proper for the officer. Tortora v. City of New York, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 8135 (2d Cir. Mar. 12, 2020).* The court credits the officers’ testimony that … Continue reading

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