Category Archives: Ineffective assistance

CA6: Franks violation overcomes qualified immunity in § 1983 case

In this § 1983 case, the officer provided false information in the affidavit for the search warrant that was critical to the finding of probable cause. Without that information, there was no probable cause. The district court’s finding that qualified … Continue reading

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CA7 decides Franks IAC claim on merits: there is PC and the GFE applies; the issuing magistrate was not intentionally or recklessly misled

Defendant raised a Franks IAC claim, and the Seventh Circuit deals with the merits of the claim to determine that there was no Fourth Amendment violation, therefore no IAC. The district court concluded there was no probable cause but the … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Appellate counsel’s declining to appeal “including but not limited to” in the search warrant was not IAC

Appellate counsel’s declining to appeal the use of the phrase “including but not limited to” in the search warrant was not unreasonable because, as defendant admits, it does not per se lead to unreasonable searches. United States v. Ransom, 2018 … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: GFE applies to CA10’s Ackerman that NCMEC is not a private searcher

In United States v. Ackerman, 831 F.3d 1292 (10th Cir. 2016), the Tenth Circuit held that NCMEC was not a mere private actor when it opened emails. Defendant’s search was 2012, and the court applies the good faith exception. At … Continue reading

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NY2: Defense counsel not ineffective for not challenging cell phone search that apparently would lose

“Counsel’s failure to challenge the [cell phone] search warrant can be explained as a legitimate trial strategy because the application for the warrant was supported by probable cause, and the warrant was not unconstitutionally overbroad, despite a technical defect on … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: When the govt says it won’t use the product of the search at trial, the motion to suppress is moot, yet def still argues it

The government responded to the initial motion to suppress by saying it wouldn’t use the evidence obtained in the search. The court held the motion was then moot. Defendant pro se then claimed that meant that the officer must have … Continue reading

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PA: Trial court’s deciding to suppress based on an argument not made by def was error

Trial court’s deciding to suppress based on an argument not made by defendant was error. Commonwealth v. Jones, 2018 PA Super 208, 2018 Pa. Super. LEXIS 815 (July 17, 2018). Defendant argues in post-conviction proceedings against the trial court’s ruling … Continue reading

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NY3: Neutral and detached magistrate claim has to be preserved for appeal

Defendant’s claim that the issuing magistrate was not neutral and detached was not preserved for appellate review. And, in any event, it lacks merit because there was plenty of probable cause. People v. Schaefer, 2018 NY Slip Op 05235, 2018 … Continue reading

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OH11: Arrest warrant and knowing def home authorized entry to arrest

Officers had an arrest warrant for the defendant and they knew he was home. That was justification to enter. State v. Weaver, 2018-Ohio-2675, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 2898 (11th Dist. July 9, 2018). Defendant doesn’t allege any facts that his … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Realtime cell phone tracking SW issued with PC

The USPS developed probable cause that defendant was shipping drugs by mail with his own mini mailing service, creating his own mailing labels and having acquired plenty of USPS envelopes and postage to do it. When another suspicious package came … Continue reading

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D.Md.: Credibility question shown on whether def counsel failed to call material witness at suppression hearing; hearing ordered

Petitioner alleged enough to get a hearing on his 2255 that defense counsel didn’t call a material witness at the suppression hearing that would have created a credibility dispute with the officers as to the nature of the entry. Defense … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Unaccounted for gun and likely presence of another inside was exigency for entry to look for it

Defendant was arrested outside his house, and a firearm expected to be on him was not found during his search incident. There was expected to be another person in the house, and that, coupled with the unaccounted for gun, was … Continue reading

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