Category Archives: Warrant requirement

LA1: Technical defect in oath for SW not ground to suppress

Technical defect in the oath in the search warrant application doesn’t warrant suppression of evidence. State v. Parker, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 2256 (La. App. 1 Cir. Nov. 10, 2018). A Rule 41(g) motion from pre-2000 seizure wasn’t timely in … Continue reading

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VA: Statute on filing warrant papers in court is procedural and suppression not the remedy

The statute requiring search warrant papers be filed with the circuit clerk is merely procedural, and it confers no substantive rights for its violation. Heroin in the car was visible from outside and thus in plain view, and that was … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: SW affidavit attachments referred to in affidavit and were used at the pre-search briefing to narrow the search

The application for the search warrant could have been more clear, but it was still apparent that the attachments were incorporated, and they completed the probable cause showing. Moreover, the attachments were used in the pre-search briefing of the officers … Continue reading

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CA7: In a wiretap application, only def’s nickname was sufficient when PC is shown

Defendant on a wiretap application was only known by his nickname, and this did nothing to alter the probable cause analysis nor undermine probable cause. United States v. Santiago, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 27919 (7th Cir. Oct. 2, 2018) (there’s … Continue reading

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GA: Search of a backpack six days after seizure required a SW

Defendant was granted a new murder trial on ineffective assistance of counsel grounds, one of which was failure to file a motion to suppress. On remand to the trial court, he pursued the motion to suppress claiming that a search … Continue reading

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W.D.Pa.: This SW directed at a place and things, not just persons

“Defendant’s argument that 1335 Geyer Avenue was indeed his home, but that police did not know it was his home, thus fails. Additionally, ‘search warrants are directed, not at persons, but at property where there is probable cause to believe … Continue reading

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DE: Def counsel was not ineffective for not arguing obvious typo on date justified suppression because it didn’t

The search warrant affidavit said August 3, 2015, but August was typed and the 3 written in. It’s clear from all the testimony that it was issued September 3, and the “August” wasn’t corrected. Therefore, defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for … Continue reading

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GA: Probate judge could issue SW under state law

It wasn’t a violation of state law that a probate judge signed the search warrant in this case. Joyner v. State, 2018 Ga. App. LEXIS 474 (Aug. 3, 2018). Defendant’s DNA was found on bullet casings, and that was added … Continue reading

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S.D.Ala.: That state court warrant was missing two pages when filed doesn’t matter when the whole SW produced in federal court

The search warrant was issued by a state court, and two pages were missing from the filed version. The complete version was presented in federal court, and the fact part was missing in state court is not a Fourth Amendment … Continue reading

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SD: Electronic signature on a SW application sent in to magistrate is valid as an oath

An electronic signature on a search warrant application is still an oath for an affidavit required under state law, and the motion to suppress was properly denied. State v. Bowers, 2018 SD 50 (June 27, 2018). Juvenile defendant was interrogated … Continue reading

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NY3: No statutory or const’l requirement issuing magistrate’s name be printed on SW papers

Nothing requires the issuing magistrate’s name be printed on the search warrant papers, the affidavit or warrant. People v. Douglas, 2018 NY Slip Op 04388, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4360 (3d Dept. June 14, 2018). A search warrant was … Continue reading

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S.D.Ill.: SW affidavit doesn’t have to be labeled one to be one

A search warrant affidavit doesn’t have to be headed “affidavit” to be one, and the attachments are considered sworn to if referred to in the body. The affidavit’s typo of having the 16th as the date of the offense when … Continue reading

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