Category Archives: Abandonment

W.D.Mo.: Def didn’t show he was driving overdue rented car with anyone’s permission

Defendant had no standing in the rented car he was driving. It was rented by another person, and it had not been timely returned. He didn’t show that he was driving with anyone’s permission. United States v. Manning, 2024 U.S. … Continue reading

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FL2: Walking away from car at scene of a drive-by shooting left it and was an abandonment

Defendant remained at the scene of a drive by and police in an unmarked car but with POLICE on their vests almost immediately showed up. He left the car and walked away, not to reasonably return. This was an abandonment. … Continue reading

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CA10: No REP in fire scene premises totally destroyed

Taking of photographs of a fire scene of a mobile home that burned to the ground was not a Fourth Amendment violation. There was no reasonable expectation of privacy in the remains. United States v. Hernandez, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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CA11: Excessive force claim against USMS Fugitive Task Force barred by Egbert and Bivens

USMS Fugitive Task Force shot and killed a person they were arresting. Under Egbert, there’s no Bivens claim here. Robinson v. Sauls, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 13432 (11th Cir. June 4, 2024) (another death knell for Bivens). Defendant abandoned his … Continue reading

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CA8: SW including “electronic files” meant computer could be searched

A search warrant that included “electronic files” meant that a computer could be searched. United States v. Lukassen, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 13392 (8th Cir. June 4, 2024). Defendant didn’t show standing in the car he was driving, and it … Continue reading

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NM: New crime after alleged illegal seizure not suppressed

Defendant’s new crimes after his alleged illegal seizure are not suppressed. State v. Morgan, 2024 N.M. App. LEXIS 23 (May 13, 2024). Tossing a backpack in flight from the police is abandonment. United States v. Anderson, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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MN: No difference between the privacy interest in DNA abandoned at the scene of a crime and the specific genetic information within it

There’s no difference between the privacy interest in DNA abandoned at the scene of a crime and the specific genetic information within it. State v. Carbo, 2024 Minn. LEXIS 236 (May 8, 2024). [A creative argument, but one always doomed … Continue reading

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100 years ago today, abandonment, open fields, and maybe even standing in another’s land was decided

Hester v. United States, 265 U.S. 57, 58-59, 44 S. Ct. 445, 68 L. Ed. 2d 898 (1924): The officers had no warrant for search or arrest, and it is contended that this made their evidence inadmissible, it being assumed, on the … Continue reading

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WI: Obtaining def’s DNA by ruse wasn’t an illegal search

The state got defendant to lick an envelope and hand it over as part of a ruse. His DNA matched to a cold case. That was not an unreasonable search. State v. Vannieuwenhoven, 2024 Wisc. App. LEXIS 349 (Apr. 30, … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Wrong address in SW wasn’t fatal where right house was searched

The affidavit had the correct address but the warrant didn’t. The right house was searched, and the warrant was valid. United States v. Gallagher, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73780 (W.D. Mo. Mar. 28, 2024). Defendant abandoned a gun, hoodie, and … Continue reading

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FL6: Def abandoned bag by leaving it where he had no right to re-enter to retrieve it

“Hargrove left his bag on a residential property that he had no legal right to enter and in a vehicle that he had no legal right to enter. Therefore, Hargrove left the bag in a place where he could not … Continue reading

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DC: A backpack left in a house and to be retrieved wasn’t abandoned

Defendant did not abandon his backpack that he left in the house he had a connection to. He intended to come back and get it. His reasonable expectation of privacy was objectively reasonable. United States v. Pope, 2024 D.C. App. … Continue reading

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TX2: No SW needed to get IMEI number of an abandoned cell phone to trace the owner

“Officers may open a cell phone abandoned at a crime scene to view non-electronic identifying information, such as the phone’s international mobile equipment identification (IMEI) number, and then use that identifying information to obtain a search warrant for the phone’s … Continue reading

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CA8: 5-day delay between seizure of a cell phone and the SW to get into it was reasonable

A five-day delay between seizure of a cell phone and the search warrant to get into it was reasonable. United States v. Thomas, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 8165 (8th Cir. Apr. 5, 2024). “Considering the factors outlined in Golinveaux, Schnitker’s … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Ptf prisoner pled enough to survive motion to dismiss because of an unnecessary and potentially abusive strip search

Prison search case: “Plaintiff alleges that his clothes were ripped off during the assault, he was left naked on the floor with his boxers barely on, and the C.E.R.T. Defendants searched him ‘without any [l]egitimate penological purpose for the strip … Continue reading

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CA7: False arrest claims before trial are 4A claims; due process after trial

“Claims for false arrest prior to trial are appropriately considered under the Fourth Amendment, not the Fourteenth Amendment. Manuel v. City of Joliet, Illinois, 580 U.S. 357, 367 (2017) (‘If the complaint is that a form of legal process resulted … Continue reading

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N.D.N.Y.: Strip search of transgender woman going into jail who might bond out was reasonable

Strip search of a transgender woman going into custody was reasonable, even though she’d likely bail out soon. “Applying Florence to this case, the Court finds that JCCF’s policy is consistent with the Fourth Amendment. Although JCCF’s institutional safety concerns … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: The sealing of SW for def’s Facebook account has no bearing on reversibility of the conviction; release pending appeal denied

Release pending appeal denied. “Fourth, Ballenger has not shown that her arguments regarding the sealing of documents obtained under the search warrant for her Facebook account present a substantial question as to, or had any material impact on, the validity … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: Alleged false GJ testimony as an alleged 4A violation rejected as new Bivens ground

“Plaintiff grounds his Bivens cause of action in an allegation that Garay, a CBP officer, violated his Fourth Amendment rights by procuring his indictment based on supposedly intentional false testimony in which Garay stated that Plaintiff knowingly possessed and transported … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Assuming without deciding standing to challenge a college email account, there was PC for the email warrant

Defendant sent threatening emails through his Georgia Tech account. He also sent private emails with tax and property information. He raised a Franks challenge, too. Assuming without deciding he has standing to challenge the email search, there was probable cause … Continue reading

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