Category Archives: Warrant requirement

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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D.S.C.: Cut and paste “clerical error” on address of place to be searched was overcome by GFE

Officers sought a search warrant for defendant’s house at 2681 Houston Street. The search warrant itself, obviously called up on a computer from another case, had 3438 Navajo Street, and nobody noticed the difference, including the judge who reviewed the … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: Denial of one SW application is not res judicata to another different one

88 days wasn’t stale in a child pornography case. You can’t legally or factually compare marijuana possession to possession of child pornography. Denial of one search warrant application is not res judicata to another. [Usually, the second application is different … Continue reading

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PA: Date typo in affidavit for SW could be corrected in context of totality

A typographical error in a date of an occurence in the affidavit for search warrant for the year (2013 instead of 2014) could be overlooked in context of the affidavit as a whole which showed it a mere typo. Commonwealth … Continue reading

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FL4: State law doesn’t bar officer from getting SW out of jurisdiction

State law does not limit a law enforcement officer from applying for a search warrant outside the officer’s territorial jurisdiction. [Neither does the Fourth Amendment, but it isn’t even cited.] State v. Stouffer, 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 7274 (Fla. 4th … Continue reading

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UT: The fact an electronic warrant application is acted on quickly doesn’t mean reviewing court should be “skeptical” of PC finding

This case started with a cell phone stolen from a customer in a grocery store. The police pinged the phone and it came back as being located at defendant’s house. Police went there to talk to defendant, and he had … Continue reading

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CA10: A verbal judicial order to enter a house to take a child into custody is the equivalent of a warrant

A verbal judicial order to enter a house to take a child into custody is the equivalent of a warrant. Duran v. Muse, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 11481 (10th Cir. May 3, 2018). Motion to suppress was untimely and denied … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: SW can issue after def charged with crime and for the same crime

The fact defendant has already been charged with a crime does not prevent a search warrant issuing for DNA to link him further to it. Humbert v. United States, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68779 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 24, 2018). Sale … Continue reading

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WaPo: After his family died, he threatened to kill himself. So the police took his guns.

WaPo: After his family died, he threatened to kill himself. So the police took his guns. By Eli Saslow:

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PA: SW papers issued by GJ retain secrecy and aren’t open

The search warrant issued by a state grand jury are still entitled to grand jury secrecy, compared to other judicial records. The court followed In re Gwinnett Cty. Grand Jury, 284 Ga. 510, 668 S.E.2d 682 (2008). In re 2014 … Continue reading

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GA: No IAC for not challenging nonprejudicial typo in the SW affidavit

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not filing a motion to suppress the search warrant for defendant’s cell phones for a typographical error on the date of the alleged offense in the application for the warrant. The affidavit was clear what … Continue reading

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