Category Archives: Standing

D.Haw.: “Intended recipient” of a parcel whose name isn’t on it has no standing.

As an “intended recipient” of a parcel, defendant has no standing. His name isn’t on the package as sender or recipient. United States v. Williams, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177669 (D. Haw. Oct. 16, 2018). Officers could reasonably believe that … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Driver had no standing in car search even though owner was with him in car

A mere possessor/driver of a car has no standing in it, even allegedly with permission of the owner who was sitting in the car with him [and this certainly seems completely contrary to Bryd]. United States v. Gonzalez-Molina, 2018 U.S. … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Court assumes exclusionary rule applies to 404(b) evidence and finds 2003 search valid for trial in 2018; frisk of fannypack valid

Defendant moved to suppress 404(b) evidence of a 2003 stop and search that the government will offer into evidence in his current indictment involving allegations from 2014 going to trial shortly. The stop was on video, and the officer’s testimony … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: No standing in a shipped package found in another’s car where def’s name not on box as sender or recipient

Defendant had no standing to challenge the search of a previously shipped package located in another person’s vehicle that had his name nowhere on it as recipient or sender. Also, the search of the package was valid by consent and … Continue reading

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CA11: Not calling def at suppression hearing was [a founded] strategy decision

Defense counsel’s decision not to call the defendant or other witnesses at a suppression hearing was a strategy decision not subject to second guessing except in extraordinary circumstances. Defense counsel concluded they lacked credibility. Here, defendant testified at trial to … Continue reading

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D.Conn.: No per se standing in a cell phone seized off your person; prove it’s yours

Defendant made no attempt to show standing in the cell phone of another person that was lawfully seized incident to his arrest and in his pocket. He needed his own testimony or that of another to establish it. United States … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: CSLI obtained 7 years before Carpenter was in good faith

Defendant was tried in 2011. He was scheduled to be sentenced in 2018. He filed a motion to reopen the suppression hearing of his CSLI obtained under the SCA because of Carpenter. Denied; good faith exception applies. United States v. … Continue reading

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LA1: Changing suppression issue on appeal from lack of PC to arrest to an unreasonable search is waiver of the issue

Defendant’s motion changed from probable cause to arrest to whether there was an unreasonable search and seizure between the suppression hearing and the appeal. Thus, the issue for appeal wasn’t presented to the trial court, so it’s not preserved for … Continue reading

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Cal.4th: Retroactive conversion of felony MJ conviction to civil infraction didn’t require lawfully collected DNA be purged from database

California’s retroactive conversion of personal use felony marijuana convictions to civil infractions does not warrant removal of defendant’s DNA from the system. People v. Laird, 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 841 (4th Dist. Aug. 30, 2018), ordered published Sep. 21, 2018. … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Def who shipped FedEx packages under an alias had no standing to contest a search in transit since it was impossible for him to claim them

Defendant shipped packages by Federal Express using his deceased brother’s name as an alias. He had no standing to contest the search of the packages at the Greensboro NC hub. He had no ability to retrieve the packages in transit … Continue reading

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PA: The automobile exception doesn’t apply in def’s own driveway; PA SCt held that before Collins

The police had a defective search warrant to bring them to defendant’s house to search the car in the driveway. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held the year before Collins v. Virginia that the automobile exception didn’t apply in one’s driveway, … Continue reading

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TN: Homeless urban camper trespassing in taking over another homeless camp tent had no standing

Defendant found an abandoned tent in a homeless campsite. The owner of the property was complaining to the police about homeless living there. “The record reflects that the Defendant and the others happened upon the tent and began using it … Continue reading

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