Category Archives: Cell phones

TN: Defense counsel’s failure to predict Riley wasn’t IAC

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not raising Riley before it was decided, and the case was tried just before Riley. Once Riley was issued, defense counsel tried to get it into the case by a motion for new trial. Other … Continue reading

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PCMag: ICE Buys Smartphone Hacking Tech From Cellebrite

PCMag: ICE Buys Smartphone Hacking Tech From Cellebrite by Michael Kan (“Cellebrite is best known for helping governments access data on locked cell phones. In June, ICE awarded it a contract worth up to $35 million, according to a federal … Continue reading

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ME: Nexus between cell phone and crime can be inferred from totality of affidavit

Probable cause was shown for nexus between defendant’s cell phone and a multi-person burglary ring. While the affidavit didn’t explicitly state that the conspirators would communicate by cell phone before the burglary, it was a reasonable inference on the totality. … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Compelled use of fingerprint to open cell phone not testimonial

The court at first declined to sign a search warrant for a cell phone that compelled use of a fingerprint to unlock it. After further submissions from the USAO and the FPD as invited amicus, the court concludes that a … Continue reading

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C.D.Ill.: Six month delay in searching cell phone wasn’t unreasonable considering how busy the officer was, which the government proved

It took nearly six months to search defendant’s cell phone after he consented to it because of other important matters the officer was working on. “The Mitchell court acknowledged that officer workload considerations could justify a delay in seeking a … Continue reading

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CA1: Common sense reading of SW and attachment contemplated off-site search

Defendant’s motion to suppress a FISA was properly denied because his Fourth Amendment facial challenge failed given his concession that the emergency provision could be constitutionally applied in some circumstances. Even if the provision had to be narrowly construed, he … Continue reading

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MA: Def’s statement was suppressed, and that led to suppression of phone and CSLI for lack of nexus

Defendant’s cell phone search was based on a statement in violation of Miranda, and it must be suppressed. When the affidavit for the search warrant for defendant’s CSLI has the information removed that was the product of that search, there … Continue reading

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CA9: Riley no basis for successor habeas

A successor habeas isn’t a way to raise a Riley cell phone search claim. Young v. Pfeiffer, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 23923 (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2019). There was reasonable suspicion to continue the detention from unusual nervousness, inconsistent stories … Continue reading

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CA9: A manual border search of a cell phone doesn’t require RS, but a forensic search does

A manual border search of a cell phone doesn’t require reasonable suspicion. A forensic search, however, requires reasonable suspicion. United States v. Cano, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 24457 (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2019). Summary by the court:

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CA6: District Court’s limited record prevents finding cell phone search was reasonable or inevitable discovery or GFE applied

Defendant was found passed out in a car. Defendant’s cell phone was seized as evidence, apparently of how he almost OD’d. An accidental glimpse at defendant’s phone revealed a thumbnail of potential child pornography. The district court applied the wrong … Continue reading

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TX14: Exigency permitted seizure of cell phone where officer thought def was deleting things from it anticipating its search

The officer was justified in seizing defendant’s cell phone when there was probable cause and it appeared that defendant might be deleting things from it. Also, no great detail required to identify a cell phone for a search warrant. Gutierrez … Continue reading

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MT: Overseizure of contents of cell phone didn’t prejudice def where the overseized information was not offered at trial

Defendant argued that the search of his cell phone violated the Fourth Amendment because more was seized than the warrant allowed. Since none of the excess was offered by the state, he wasn’t prejudiced, and the over seizure didn’t void … Continue reading

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