Category Archives: Abandonment

IN: Recording a recording off a Facebook account doesn’t violate the federal wiretap law

Defendant was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and stealing her work iPad and other personal things. She signed on to his Facebook account with a password he’d previously given her. She found a recording there which admitted he … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: Having been kicked out of a hotel room and leaving, defs essentially abandoned that which was left behind

Defendants were kicked out of a hotel room for strange and aggressive behavior toward staff, and they hurriedly left. The hotel opened the room to the police and they found drug paraphernalia and, in the toilet, ammunition. There no longer … Continue reading

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D.Utah: The REP is reduced on the curtilage of a duplex

Defendant was found to have abandoned property on the common area of the duplex. The privacy of the curtilage is reduced when there are others on the joint property of a duplex. United States v. Lucero, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Weapons tossed by somebody other than def isn’t his abandonment

Weapons tossed by somebody other than the defendant aren’t abandoned as to the defendant. The search was valid as a parole search under state law. United States v. Scott, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 217307 (E.D. N.C. Dec. 20, 2017) (R&R). … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Def’s admission he hadn’t used phone in a year when he left it where he last lived supported finding abandonment

During a knock-and-talk, defendant admitted that he had not used a particular cell phone in over a year because it had a cracked screen. He was kicked out of a house and he left it behind with other belongings. Based … Continue reading

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ID: Hot pursuit onto curtilage led to abandonment of bag of meth

Defendant was speeding, and he was followed by the police. He failed to signal and turned into a long driveway that turned to unpaved, and the officer followed and defendant never slowed despite the police car having its lights on. … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Def didn’t abandon shopping bag by putting it down while he played basketball

The court declines to adopt the R&R that defendant abandoned or had no reasonable expectation of privacy in a shopping bag by defendant setting it down on gym bleachers while he was in the gym playing basketball. United States v. … Continue reading

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CA5: PO’s information from DEA plus additional facts was RS for probation search

Defendant was on probation for a state drug offense, and he was a good probationer, so his PO was working toward early termination of probation. Then the DEA calls the PO that they suspect him of being involved in drug … Continue reading

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CA11: Def argued there was no authority for use of a cell site simulator to track him; police had a tracking warrant issued on PC, and that’s all that’s required

Defendant was arrested coming out of a Dollar General Store, and officers smelled marijuana around his car. Even though defendant wasn’t in it, the car was still “mobile” for automobile exception purposes, and the smell provided probable cause. Defendant also … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Abandonment of suitcase followed nonconsensual and unreasonable detention; suppressed

This is another Albuquerque bus station luggage sweep. The officers did not manipulate the baggage; they just opened the container and looked at them. Defendant’s detention was not by consent, and that Fourth Amendment violation led to her abandonment. “The … Continue reading

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CA8: Denying any knowledge of a car or its contents is abandonment of a cell phone found inside it; cell phones subject to abandonment

Defendant was believed connected to a shooting involving a Buick. He was taken back to the Buick after arrest, and he denied all knowledge of the Buick. Inside was found a cell phone that the police seized and obtained a … Continue reading

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NY4: Man with a gun report led police within one minute to couple on street, and def abandoned gun

Police received a call of a man with a shotgun walking with a woman. Officers got there within a minute and saw a couple matching the description. No lights or siren were on. Defendant walked into a grassy area and … Continue reading

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