Category Archives: Abandonment

N.D.Ill.: The exclusionary rule does not apply in a § 1983 suit against police officers

The exclusionary rule does not apply in a § 1983 suit against police officers. Mayo v. Lasalle County, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117667 (N.D. Ill. July 15, 2019).* The court concludes defendant didn’t just drop his backpack when confronted by … Continue reading

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OH12: Def’s denial of ownership of her purse twice was abandonment

Defendant’s disclaiming ownership of her purse twice when asked about it was abandonment and a waiver of any reasonable expectation of privacy. State v. Martin, 2019-Ohio-2792, 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 2898 (12th Dist. July 8, 2019).* The search warrant for … Continue reading

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IA: State const. search and seizure provision to be interpreted as the 4A; that’s what the state framers wanted

The state constitution does not require a different outcome for pretextual stops than under the Fourth Amendment. It isn’t prudential to do so, and the state’s 1857 constitutional convention wanted the state to follow the Fourth Amendment. State v. Brown, … Continue reading

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CA6: Dist Ct erred in concluding it was reasonable to believe ptf abandoned his home; finding of QI reversed

The district court erred in granting qualified immunity to officers who decided that the plaintiff had abandoned his rented home by disclaiming ownership in the property. He was clearly a guest at the minimum or a renter at most, and … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Record supports def abandoned CD-Rom of CP

The record supports the conclusion that defendant abandoned a CD-Rom of child pornography, and defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not pursuing it. Rogers v. Sec’y, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107788 (M.D. Fla. June 27, 2019).* The trial court’s finding there … Continue reading

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LA3: State showed abandonment of car at hearing even though trial court decided on other grounds

The state argued and showed abandonment, but the trial court didn’t decide it. On appeal, the court finds that defendant abandoned his car after a police chase and he bailed out of the car and ran. State v. Guidry, 2019 … Continue reading

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CA11: Def abandoned his cell phone and property in the building he moved out of and never came back for it

Defendant was held to have abandoned his cell phone by leaving it behind when he moved and making no effort to retrieve it and many other belongings. United States v. Gregg, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 13874 (11th Cir. May 9, … Continue reading

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PA: Cell phone left recording in a college coed bathroom was treated as abandoned property despite intention to return later

Defendant hid a recording smartphone in a coed bathroom at Villanova University that a female student found and turned over to the University Police. The phone was essentially abandoned even though he intended to return to recover it later, and … Continue reading

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OH: Officers responding to nearby shots fired were justified in stop def, the only person around

Officers heard nearby gunshots and approached the only person in the vicinity with guns drawn and did a frisk of the person. The frisk was justified by reasonable suspicion, and drawing firearms didn’t convert the stop into a seizure. State … Continue reading

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DE: The standard for abandonment is objective; actual disclaiming ownership not required

The standard for abandonment is objective. What do the facts show? Here, defendant left his backpack in a place where he could not keep an eye on it. Disclaiming ownership alone is not the test. Patton v. State, 2019 Del. … Continue reading

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ND: State failed to show abandonment of apparently lost cell phone with screen locked

The trial court erred in denying defendant’s motion to suppress because the State did not meet its burden of showing that defendant intentionally abandoned his cell phone. Although the phone was found lying in a parking lot in front of … Continue reading

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IL discusses “dropsy” and resolves it as a credibility question

Illinois discusses the issue of “dropsy,” but ends up resolving it as a credibility question. People v. Campbell, 2019 IL App (1st) 161640, 2019 Ill. App. LEXIS 234 (Apr. 9, 2019):

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