Category Archives: Cell phones

W.D.Ky.: State law alleged defects in warrant process not applicable in federal court without showing why suppression is an appropriate remedy

A state search warrant was used to prosecute in federal court. Defendant raised numerous state law defects to the warrant that did not constitute Fourth Amendment violations. “Even if these warrants were procedurally deficient under state law, Gray has supplied … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: There was RS for def’s border cell phone search for drug importation

While the law isn’t completely clear on the justification for a cell phone search at the border, the justification for either standard is satisfied. There was clearly reasonable suspicion of drug importing at JFK for search of his cell phone. … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Parole cell phone search under MN law was reasonable under 4A

Defendant’s parole cell phone search under Minnesota law was reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. United States v. Guevara, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100403 (D. Minn. June 6, 2024). Driving one’s car to controlled buys gives probable cause for the vehicle. … Continue reading

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S.D.Ind.: GFE of law at the time of the search meant no IAC

“Counsel did not perform deficiently when they raised the Fourth Amendment argument [under applicable law at the time], even though this Court and the Seventh Circuit found that the good faith applied.” Castro-Aguirre v. United States, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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Cal.1: GFE applied to probation search term

The good faith exception applied to defendant’s probation search. The officer checked and reasonably concluded that defendant was still on searchable probation at the time. People v. Pritchett, 2024 Cal. App. LEXIS 348 (1st Dist. May 8, 2024), certified for … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: A website’s cookies linked def’s personal email address for nexus

In a criminal copyright case, cookies on website led to defendant’s business and personal email accounts, and that gave nexus to them for the warrant. “Under the totality of the circumstances, the Court finds that the search warrant reveals a … Continue reading

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C.D.Cal.: PC not shown for Jan. 6th target’s cell phone in California three years later

The government sought search warrants for cell phones in California in 2024 for six alleged misdemeanors at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The court finds no probable cause to believe that there is evidence on the phones three … Continue reading

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OH5: Cell phone SW was not particular, GFE doesn’t apply, but harmless after all

The cell phone search warrant here failed particularity: “permitted a sweeping, comprehensive search of Hikec’s cell phone with no meaningful limits”, and the good faith exception doesn’t apply. On this record, however, it was harmless error in light of other … Continue reading

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MA: Cell phone call logs don’t require a search warrant

Cell phone call logs don’t require a search warrant to get them. “Despite the narrowing of the third-party doctrine in other contexts, it remains applicable to call detail records. Notwithstanding recent technological changes, the phone numbers an individual dials are … Continue reading

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AR: RS def rented a hotel room was sufficient for search waiver; PC not required

For determining whether the place searched, here a hotel room, is a probationer’s for a search waiver, reasonable suspicion and not probable cause is the standard to be applied. State v. Bailey, 2024 Ark. 87, 2024 Ark. LEXIS 74 (May … Continue reading

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LA5: No standing to challenge search of shooting victim’s cell phone in def’s possession

Defendant lacked standing to challenge the search of his shooting victim’s cell phone. Also, by statute the search of the phone more than 10 days after seizure was reasonable. State v. Lowry, 2024 La. App. LEXIS 804 (La. App. 5 … Continue reading

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D.Md.: Def voluntarily entered passcode into phone where there was a SW for his face and fingerprint to open it

Police had a search warrant for defendant’s cell phone and face and fingerprint to open it. He remained silent. They got past the first step and the phone asked for the passcode. He entered the first four digits without prompting … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Police slow walked traffic stop without RS

“The court concludes the officers delayed the stop beyond what the traffic-based mission reasonably demanded, both 1) as a result of a mistakes and a lack of reasonable diligence, and 2) to investigate their suspicions about Said and Saul. These … Continue reading

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DC: Lights, coming out of car with hand on gun, and “Let me see your hands” was a seizure

This was a show of authority: “With the emergency lights activated, each officer exited the vehicle and yelled, ‘Let me see your hands’ and quickly approached Mr. Mitchell. Officer Phillip had a hand on her firearm while doing so. Officers … Continue reading

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FL3: Cell phone dump in civil case denied; no showing of need

In a civil case, the court granted a writ of certiorari against the trial court’s order permitting access to a party’s cell phone by forensic imaging. “We recognize, of course, that Swezy is not altogether foreclosed from seeking electronically stored … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: Must plead prejudice when delay of a cell phone SW is alleged

Defendant’s cell phone was validly seized by the police but they didn’t get a warrant until nine months later. He says it’s a “clear violation” of the Fourth Amendment but he doesn’t allege any prejudice. Denied. United States v. Campbell, … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: SW for cell phones allowed seizure of others found on premises

In this cell phone search warrant case, the government could seize multiple cell phones found at defendant’s house, old phones and others not named when they were found. Old phones and other phones could also have evidence on them. United … Continue reading

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NY: Failure to show independent source for officer’s observation of def required reversal

“[H]ere, the People presented practically no testimony regarding the undercover officer’s observations of the seller’s appearance to support a determination that he had a sufficient independent basis to identify defendant in court. This error requires reversal. Because the record of … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: SW for devices used for video surveillance included cell phones because apps can be used to view cameras from cell phones

In a search warrant for devices capable of use in video surveillance, a cell phone qualified because apps on phones permitted home surveillance cameras (such as Ring doorbell cams) to be viewed on cell phones. United States v. Hampton, 2024 … Continue reading

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FL1: Violation of state knock-and-announce statute requires suppression; Hudson not followed

Violation of the state knock-and-announce statute required suppression. Officers entered with haste and didn’t give defendant the chance to surrender peaceably to the search. The statute is a century old, and it serves important privacy interests. The state’s claim that … Continue reading

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