Category Archives: Inventory

CA9: Co-conspirators’ statements to police linking def were reliable enough for PC

Other suspects’ admissions against penal interest that led to their charges and tying in defendant were credible enough for informant hearsay. United States v. Odell, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 26695 (9th Cir. Aug. 21, 2020). “We have previously found that … Continue reading

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D.S.C.: Officers weren’t familiar with inventory policy and didn’t follow it; suppressed

There was an inventory policy, but the police were unfamiliar with it and didn’t follow it. “[T]he Court finds that the inventory search of Defendant’s vehicle by the Andrews Police Department was not conducted pursuant to any specific criteria, much … Continue reading

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NM: Calls to murder victim’s cell phone just before murder was PC to get CSLI on the phone

A shooting victim made and received cell phone calls to his phone and the calls were not in the contacts list 30 minutes before the victim was found dead. This was probable cause for data about that caller including the … Continue reading

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CA1: Inventory was shown to be investigative; suppression affirmed

“All in all, it seems inescapable that the officers seized Del Rosario’s car so that they could search it for evidence of a crime, and that they later sought to justify the search by invoking the community-caretaking exception. And while … Continue reading

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NV: Booking inventory invalid for lack of inventory and officer’s lack of memory of doing it

The booking inventory of defendant’s “bag” was invalid because of a lack of true inventory. The booking officer didn’t list what was in it because there was just too much stuff. Moreover, at the suppression hearing, she didn’t recall even … Continue reading

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IN: Def counsel’s not filing a motion to suppress was strategic for plea purposes, not because of conflict

Defendant claimed defense counsel had a conflict of interest in not filing a motion to suppress because counsel also represented defendant’s wife. Their interests were identical in the case. The decision not to pursue the motion was to secure a … Continue reading

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CA9: Dist.Ct.’s findings of pretextual inventory supported by evidence and affirmed

The district court’s conclusion the impoundment of the car and inventory search was pretextual is supported by the evidence and is affirmed. United States v. Turnbow, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 22341 (9th Cir. July 17, 2020). Defendant’s argument over the … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Some discretion in inventories doesn’t make them unreasonable

The driver’s suspended DL was reason under policy to tow the car, and that led to a valid inventory. The inventory issue turned on whether a key was “readily available” to unlock the glove compartment, and a key found in … Continue reading

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CA7: Factual mistake in state court opinion doesn’t justify habeas relief

A factual mistake in a state court’s decision on defendant’s Fourth Amendment claim for the inventory of his property still doesn’t merit habeas relief. Marling v. Littlejohn, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 21616 (7th Cir. July 13, 2020). Plaintiff’s claim for … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Use of cell site simulator to capture phone numbers and not track was reasonable

Use of cell site simulator merely to capture defendant’s cell phone numbers and not to track him was reasonable because he had no reasonable expectation of privacy in his numbers. United States v. Powell, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120229 (E.D. … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: Applications for orders under SCA and ECPA presumptively public judicial records

Applications for orders under the Stored Communications Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 are judicial records subject to public view under the common law. Pen register records are presumptively sealed under Title III. In the Matter of the … Continue reading

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CA5: Bitcoin transactions are like third-party bank records with no REP

Bitcoin transactions are akin to third-party bank records and are not governed by Carpenter. There is no added reasonable expectation of privacy in them. United States v. Gratkowski, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 20501 (5th Cir. June 30, 2020). The vehicle … Continue reading

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WI: Impoundment of car because def was merely ticketed for not having a valid license was unreasonable

Defendant was stopped for speeding, and he was found without a license. The police didn’t arrest him, just ticketed him. Impounding his car and inventorying it was unreasonable under the circumstances, and this was not a reasonable exercise of the … Continue reading

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CA9: Not precisely following CHP inventory policy doesn’t make it unreasonable

Not precisely following CHP policy in filing out the inventory papers didn’t per se make the inventory search unreasonable. United States v. Magdirila, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 19477 (9th Cir. June 23, 2020). The community caretaking function of police permitted … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Police not required to leave car on property of another rather than impound it

The impoundment of defendant’s car on the property of another was reasonable. Officers were not required to wait for defendant to locate somebody to retrieve the car, and they didn’t have to leave it to inconvenience the property owner. United … Continue reading

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CA8: Lack of inventory record not error where criminal seizure occurred as a result

Defendant’s motorcycle was towed when he was stopped for fumbling as a novice rider without insurance or a motorcycle endorsement. He declined consent to search compartments on the bike, but the officer elected the tow under SOP of the Springfield … Continue reading

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