Category Archives: Warrant requirement

CA7: CHA security guard not state action

A security guard employed by the Chicago Housing Authority was not a state actor. There is already precedent in this circuit. United States v. Green, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 29421 (7th Cir. Sept. 16, 2020). The SDNY searched defendant’s emails … Continue reading

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MO: Alteration of SW application after warrant issued is strongly disapproved of, but here did not undermine PC

A mistake as to the name of the person’s BAC to be searched for and seized in the warrant could be overlooked where it correctly appeared 50 times in the affidavit. The officer’s altering the search warrant application with the … Continue reading

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Reason: More Than a Year Before Breonna Taylor’s Death, Some of the Same Cops Were Involved in Another Home Invasion Based on Dubious Evidence

Reason: More Than a Year Before Breonna Taylor’s Death, Some of the Same Cops Were Involved in Another Home Invasion Based on Dubious Evidence by Jacob Sullum (“The overlap suggests a pattern of shoddy investigation and reckless paramilitary tactics in … Continue reading

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CA6: Cut-and-paste typos in SW can be ignored if intention can be determined

Typographical errors in a search warrant from using another warrant off a computer can be ignored if the intention of the search warrant can be determined. United States v. Abdalla, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 27375 (6th Cir. Aug. 27, 2020):

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CA6: No 4A right to recording testimony that supplements affidavit, but there’s got to be a record

The state judge who issued the search warrant was a neutral and detached magistrate under the Fourth Amendment. Whether the magistrate had state law jurisdiction is a kind of circular argument under state law, but the Fourth Amendment only requires … Continue reading

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Reason: Grand Jury Indictments Paint a Picture of Deadly Deceit in Houston Narcotics Division

Reason: Grand Jury Indictments Paint a Picture of Deadly Deceit in Houston Narcotics Division by Jacob Sullum (“The charges, which grew out of a lethal 2019 raid based on a fraudulent search warrant affidavit, suggest that cops routinely built their … Continue reading

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D.Ore.: Illegibility of judge’s signature on SW not 4A violation

Just because the state trial judge’s signature was illegible doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment. The judge’s name was stamped below. United States v. McElroy, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132608 (D. Ore. July 24, 2020). Franks challenge fails: “Thus, the bottom … Continue reading

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CAAF: Devolution of M.R.E. 311(a) authority is a functional test; Lt.Col. overseas, and Maj. in charge of everything else

Devolution of authority from a commanding officer at a military installation from one to the Executive Officer during a six month deployment is governed by a functional analysis under M.R.E. 311(a). Here, the Major had authority in the absence of … Continue reading

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RI: Subpoena duces tecum was for records with no REP, so 4A warrant requirement not implicated

The subpoena for records here was reasonable, and there was no reasonable expectation of privacy in them where the court could analogize the subpoena as a search. State v. Doyle, 2020 R.I. LEXIS 65 (July 8, 2020):

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NE: SW’s cut and paste error on what to be searched could be overlooked here

A cut and paste error in a search warrant that referred to other property could be overlooked when the true particularity could be seen. State v. Said, 306 Neb. 314 (July 2, 2020):

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MD & NY2: Court ordered GPS tracking satisfied warrant requirement

Court ordered GPS tracking of a vehicle for up to 30 days under state statute satisfied the warrant requirement for its showing of probable cause before a neutral and detached magistrate. Whittington v. State, 2020 Md. App. LEXIS 621 (July … Continue reading

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CA7: Failure to record supplemental testimony for issuance of SW in state court not 4A violation

An Illinois state judge issued a search warrant on a CI’s allegations of being in defendant’s home. The affidavit was essentially bare bones, but the judge took testimony about the CI and his or her basis of knowledge and maybe … Continue reading

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NJ: Destruction by policy of audio of telephonic SW application required suppression even without bad faith

This case proceeded on a telephonic search warrant where the application was recorded as required by law. The recording, however, was destroyed in 90 days under the department’s records retention policy. While the destruction wasn’t in bad faith, the recording … Continue reading

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NM: What was intended for SW and what it says are two different things

The search warrant request for plaintiff’s person and vehicle resulted only in a warrant for the vehicle. What the defendant officer intended doesn’t count in the face of the clear warrant. A forced rectal search and x-ray at a hospital … Continue reading

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NE: Typographical error on date in SW application can be overlooked if apparent it’s wrong

A typographical error in the date of the application for search warrant could be overlooked where the actual date can be determined from the whole. State v. Benson, 305 Neb. 949 (May 29, 2020). Defendant moved to suppress his DNA … Continue reading

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FL2: Without a link to crime, grabbing one’s waistband and pockets not RS

No weapon had been involved in a robbery the police were investigating, and they knew defendant wasn’t the robber. When they approached and he felt his waistband and pockets, they didn’t have reasonable suspicion. Townsend v. State, 2020 Fla. App. … Continue reading

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