Category Archives: Ineffective assistance

CA10: Walking up to def sitting on parked car to talk to him wasn’t a stop

Walking up to defendant sitting on his parked car and talking to him, without blocking the path of the car and no police lights, was not a seizure. State v. McCall, 2020-Ohio-84, 2020 Ohio App. LEXIS 69 (10th Dist. Jan. … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: The unusually talkative have no special right to be Mirandized

“Because the officers knew that he had a tendency to talk about the case, Williams-Bey argues, Officer Roddy should have given him his Miranda warnings, rather than entertaining his question. Again, Williams-Bey provides no legal authority to support this contention.” … Continue reading

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E.D.Cal.: Using drug dog in the patrol car didn’t prolong the stop

There was a factual basis for the stop, and the drug dog at hand did not prolong the stop. After the alert, defendant then consented to the search of the vehicle. United States v. Navarro, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3062 … Continue reading

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TN: Defense counsel not ineffective for recommending guilty plea where motion to suppress denied and case would have gone to trial on other counts even if granted

Defendant challenges on post-conviction his counsel being ineffective in recommending a guilty plea after the motion to suppress was denied. Even if it had been granted, defendant was going to trial on other counts, and he can’t show that defense … Continue reading

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NC: Reasonable force can be used for a DUI blood draw under SW when def refuses

Officers had a search warrant for defendant’s blood while he was in the hospital for an accident. Relying on United States v. Bullock, 71 F.3d 171 (5th Cir. 1995), the court concludes that reasonable force can be used to take … Continue reading

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CA11: Domestic disturbance call with a report of shots fired permitted a warrantless entry and then a protective sweep for victims

A domestic disturbance call with a report of shots fired permitted a warrantless entry and then a protective sweep for victims: “Based on the 911 call reporting gunshots and a domestic disturbance, combined with Peacock’s initial observations upon arriving at … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Habeas pet’r doesn’t show case outcome would be different if motion to suppress had been litigated

To prevail on a Fourth Amendment IAC claim, there are essentially three things to prove, not just two: (a) defense counsel failed to litigate a search issue (b) that not only would have prevailed on the search issue, (c) but … Continue reading

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OH8: Malpractice ptf already lost on the merits of Franks claim in direct criminal appeal, defense counsel didn’t commit malpractice handling it

Plaintiff is an inmate pro se pursuing a legal malpractice claim against his criminal defense counsel. The defendant lawyer gets judgment on the pleadings based on the fact the conviction was affirmed on the ground that the defense counsel’s challenge … Continue reading

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S.D.Ga.: The fact it was ambiguous whether def’s images were CP or not doesn’t nullify PC for the search

It was ambiguous whether the images that officers believed were on defendant’s computer qualified as child pornography, but the question for probable cause is reason to believe and not sufficient evidence to convict. Even so, the good faith exception applies. … Continue reading

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CA5: COA previously granted in 2255 appeal is set aside for lack of a “substantial preliminary showing” he could prevail

A judge of the Fifth Circuit granted a certificate of appealability in a 2255 denied by the district court alleging, inter alia, a Fourth Amendment ineffective assistance of counsel claim. The issue was waived by the guilty plea. The COA … Continue reading

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D.Mont.: Informant hearsay here was adequately corroborated to be found reliable

The informant hearsay here was sufficiently corroborated. “The affidavit provides sufficient grounds to assess the veracity and basis of knowledge of CS1’s information. Most of CS1’s information is based on personal observations of Goodman. Those observations, including Goodman’s involvement with … Continue reading

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CA4: Two address typos in affidavit for SW along with correct address twice and correct address in SW not error

There were two address typos in the affidavit, but it was in there correct twice, too. The warrant was correct. The search was reasonable. “In these circumstances, the technical errors in the search warrant affidavit did not invalidate the warrant … Continue reading

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