Category Archives: E-mail

E.D.La.: Not filing motion to suppress but joining in codef’s renewed motion to suppress was waiver

Where one defendant didn’t file a motion to suppress but joined in a renewed motion to suppress of a codefendant, the motion is treated as waived. The procedure attempted circumvents Rule 12. Moreover, he doesn’t even have standing. United States … Continue reading

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Vox: The police can search your email without telling you. That’s nuts.

Vox: The police can search your email without telling you. That’s nuts. by Hannah Bloch-Wehba: So much of our lives today are conducted online that it’s essential that we know who has access to our information. And that’s especially true … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: AOL’s TOS deny an objective REP in CP transmitted by email (on remand from CA10)

In the district court’s original opinion, reversed for reconsideration in United States v. Ackerman, 831 F.3d 1292 (10th Cir. 2016), the district court assumed defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his emails. On remand, the court determines that … Continue reading

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CA6: Facebook messenger SW was not overbroad because limited in time

Defendant’s guilty plea waived any suppression motion because there was no ruling to appeal. On the merits, the search warrant here was not overbroad. The Facebook search warrant sought only five months of information related to sex with minors. It … Continue reading

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NYLJ: Battle Over Emails Stored Overseas Reaches Supreme Court

NYLJ: Battle Over Emails Stored Overseas Reaches Supreme Court by Philip C. Patterson & Vera M. Kachnowski: In their International Criminal Law and Enforcement column, Philip C. Patterson and Vera M. Kachnowski discuss a case which highlights a recurring tension … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Email warrant for all material so it can be electronically and specifically searched was reasonable

The email search warrant produced 430,081 items, and the database provided then had to be searched. That complied with the terms of the search warrant and the Fourth Amendment because it still provided particularity. United States v. Aboshady, 2017 U.S. … Continue reading

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Cert. granted: United States v. Microsoft Corp.

Cert. granted: United States v. Microsoft Corp., 17-2 (ScotusBlog) Issue: Whether a United States provider of email services must comply with a probable-cause-based warrant issued under 18 U.S.C. § 2703 by making disclosure in the United States of electronic communications … Continue reading

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M.D.Ala.: Govt’s email SW in identity theft scheme is overbroad; applications need to be limited and resubmitted

The government’s email search applications are overbroad and don’t sufficiently protect the privacy rights of the account holders. The government, however, can limit the applications and submit them again. “The Magistrate Judge’s denial of the search warrant applications was not … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: Extraterritorial Gmail SW enforced

A search warrant for Google email stored extraterritorially will be enforced. In re Search Warrant No. 16-960-M-1, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131230 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 17, 2017). The request to search did not come during an unavoidable lull in the … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: SCA allows SW for Google email stored overseas

Google’s storing information overseas doesn’t make it immune to a court order in the U.S., disagreeing with the Second Circuit’s Microsoft I decision. In re Search of Information Associated with [Redacted]@gmail.com that is Stored at Premises Controlled by Google, Inc., … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: The email SW here was limited by time and crime and that made it reasonable and not a general warrant

It is too easy for an email warrant to be a general warrant because there has to be an articulation of what the government is looking for. Moreover, all the emails may be seized so they can be searched looking … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: An email warrant can be for servers outside the jurisdiction of the court

A search warrant for email can be for servers outside the jurisdiction of the court. United States v. McGuire, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114471 (D. Nev. Feb. 9, 2017). The Coast Guard was surveilling Arroyo Quemada Beach in Santa Barbara … Continue reading

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