Category Archives: Informant hearsay

CA4: The facts not included in the affidavit for SW only would have enhanced the PC

“We conclude that, contrary to Combs’ assertions, there is no evidence that Davis intentionally or recklessly omitted material information from the affidavit. In fact, Davis’s testimony at the suppression hearing shows that the facts not included in the affidavit would … Continue reading

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CA8: Stop of car apparently leaving scene of crime was valid

There was reasonable suspicion for defendant’s stop based on the fact the vehicle matched the description of one leaving the scene of a robbery by time and proximity, too. United States v. Daniel, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 8504 (8th Cir. … Continue reading

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CA3: Controlled buy moots Franks challenge to CI

The CI’s story was confirmed by two controlled buys. The Franks challenge to the CI fails as to whether it was corroborated or completely immaterial because of the controlled buys. United States v. Carney, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 8116 (3d … Continue reading

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NY1: Cross-exam of police officers’ alleged deficient investigation opened door to CI’s information

Defendant’s cross-examination of officers on the alleged lack of quality of their investigation opened the door to why they were there, the CI’s story. The trial court mitigated the prejudice by a limiting instruction. People v. Brown, 2018 NY Slip … Continue reading

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TN: Uncorroborated anonymous tip insufficient

The anonymous tip in this case was not corroborated, and it was insufficient even under the Tennessee Supreme Court’s 2017 adoption of Gates and rejection of Aguilar-Spinelli. State v. Dibrell, 2018 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 224 (Mar. 26, 2018). There … Continue reading

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NJ: If driver can’t find registration after reasonable time, police can search for it

Defendant was given a reasonable amount of time to produce the registration of his vehicle. When he’s unwilling or unable to locate it, that justifies a limited “pinpoint” search of the vehicle for the registration in the glove box or … Continue reading

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OH8: A pill bottle search wasn’t plain view during execution of SW for firearms

The police had a search warrant for firearms, and, during execution of the warrant, the officers looked in a pill bottle. The state’s plain view argument is unavailing because it wasn’t immediately apparent to the officers. “We further find little … Continue reading

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OH8: Trash pull helped corroborate informant hearsay

The police received informant hearsay, and sought to corroborate it, and a trash pull did it. State v. Rieves, 2018-Ohio-955, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 1021 (8th Dist. Mar. 15, 2018). The town’s housing inspection scheme is reasonable under the Fourth … Continue reading

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LA5: A micro data storage card in defendant’s watch pocket could be seized incident to arrest

A micro data storage card in defendant’s watch pocket could be seized incident to arrest. It was then searched with a warrant. The informant was a victim, and thus didn’t need to be corroborated. “Knocking on a door does not … Continue reading

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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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OH11: Def’s vehicle and occupants matching description of bank robbery getaway car and suspects was RS

Defendant’s vehicle matched the description of a bank robbery suspect’s truck in terms of the color, size, make, and model, and the defendant matched the suspect’s description in terms of his gender, race, and clothing. That was reasonable suspicion. State … Continue reading

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MA: CSLI warrant based on unsupported hearsay suppressed

The 2008 CSLI warrant here was based on a “conclusory statement” of witness statements being credible and “bereft of the factual details required to establish probable cause.” It had to be suppressed. (Based on Fourth Amendment and state constitution.) Commonwealth … Continue reading

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